Creating Music : a composition guide for students / Richard Gill.
Australian educator, Richard Gill is one of the country's most respected musical figures. This textbook is a culmination of a lifetime's involvement in music education. This practical, systematic guide to musical composition is a welcomed resource to teachers and students alike.
Contents note: Monophonic music (single line) -- Monophonic metrical music -- 13th century instrumental dance music -- Early polyphony (part writing) -- Elementary improvisation -- Ideas from Bartok and Schoenberg -- Toward harmony -- Ideas from Bach -- Chords in minor keys -- Chord formations on falling bass lines -- Ideas from Chopin -- Popular style -- Bartok and modes -- Ideas from Debussy -- Form -- ISMs -- Chorale style.
Composer Matthew Hindson reviews renowned Australian conductor and music educator Richard Gill's new composition guide:
“…At its heart, Creating Music is a resource of music and musical ideas. It will work best as a guidebook for knowledgeable and experienced teachers, aimed at students of Year 7-10 level, or with talented and interested students even younger than this. It presumes a good level of music notation experience: a previous strong history of AMEB theory and musicianship training on the part of the students would certainly be advantageous… this is a valuable contribution to the tiny set of written resources available for composition teaching. As a tertiary educator, I certainly do hope that this publication is taken up in schools. A solid foundation in compositional and creative craft will be very helpful for all students going on to further study…”
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