Insights into Music Composition (Paperback)

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Insights into Music Composition is a guide and source of inspiration for beginning students of music composition. Drawing on perspectives from a range of experienced composers, the book introduces readers to the compositional process, emphasizing how to think about creating a piece of music from beginning to end by providing not only a survey of methods but also an understanding of the overarching context for composition. The authors present student composers with the tools to develop their own voice, covering topics such as:

  • methods for harnessing inspiration and creativity
  • how to give shape, context, and meaning to a piece of music and create moments that audiences will remember
  • the value in exploring the music of other cultures and music's interdisciplinarity
  • atonal and 12-tone techniques and the roles of form and style
  • the benefits and pitfalls of student-teacher relationships and the importance of building relationships with performers

Combining content from class scenarios with discussion questions, practical exercises, an annotated guide of online resources, and a glossary of terms, the text's flexible structure allows chapters to be read through in order or drawn on by topic. Clear and accessible, Insights into Music Composition is an ideal resource for all students and instructors of music composition.

About the Author

Gregory Young is Professor of Music at Montana State University, where he was also Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Founding Director of the Undergraduate Scholars Program.Steve Roens is Professor Emeritus in Composition at the University of Utah, where he has also served as Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032071923
ISBN-10: 1032071923
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 15th, 2022
Pages: 118
Language: English