A-Level Composition 1

PLANNING IS KEY TO YOUR PIECE BEING A SUCCESS

A detailed plan will help you immeasurably in the process of composition. The more examples you have of pieces, consideration for proportions, timings etc will all help. There is no ‘right ‘ way of planning but you must be able to write it down in some way. The line method demonstrated last week is the way to go if you are stuck.

TO DO

  • Fill in the answers to the questions below and email it to me so I can check you are on the right lines.
  • This will require some researching and some careful consideration
  • Create a physical plan of your piece
  • If you get through this you should start working on ideas for your piece.

REMEMBER: STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CREATE AND WHAT THE EXAMINER IS WANTING TO SEE FOR GOOD MARKS

QUESTIONS:

  1. What forces are you thinking of using (instruments, instrumental effects and timbres etc)
  2. Explain briefly the style(s) you intend to write in – use existing pieces to help if needed.
  3. Draw out a rough plan, or just as a list for now the plan of your piece to give a rough sense of timings / structure. The more detailed the better.
  4. List at least 4 examples pieces of music that have / will ‘inspire’ your piece. Explain what features you like in the piece, why/how they are effective and how you might use the idea in your piece. Be as detailed as you can in your explanations.

Piece 1 title:
Features:
Effects:
How you would use them:

Piece 2 title:
Features:
Effects:
How you would use them:

Piece 3 title:
Features:
Effects:
How you would use them:

Piece 4 title:
Features:
Effects:
How you would use them:

EXAMPLE PLAN

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