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Here were some initial notes I made before starting composing the music.
Continuing a look at themes, this time showing how I developed a simple whole-tone motif into several different melodies. This sequence of 8 notes, when played, at first, sounds just like a descending C major scale. But it misses out the first C, so the first 4 notes form a sequence of whole tones. On … Continue reading Themes – Part 2
Something that composers have done for centuries, particularly when writing music for drama – film, theatre, opera or whatever, is to make use of themes that recur in different ways. Perhaps the most studied example is the ‘leitmotiv’ in Wagner’s epic operas, but this practice is everywhere in TV and film music. The repetition and … Continue reading Themes – Part 1
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