quote:Originally posted by rlb: Ahem.
quote:BFW, I am assuming that you have a fairly decent grounding in traditional theory, and will proceed under that aegis.
quote:Vincent Persichetti: Twentieth Century Harmony
quote:Paul Hindemith The Craft of Musical Composition
quote:Felix Salzer: Structural Hearing.
quote:Norton Series, ed. Robert Morgan: Anthology of Twentieth Century Music.
quote:I might also recommend the George Macdonald Fraser "Flashman" series to read in between.
quote:Originally posted by Mike Brebes:The Norton: Anthology of 20th Century Music is a good book for introducing you to the various composers and the compositional techniques that they used. This will help you get the basics of the techniques.
quote:Regarding your statement about wanting to complete a piece in 16th Century style, then you need to do the homework.
quote:If we took away the ones that had contrapuntal or harmonic errors, what would be the difference between the good and bad of the remaining ones?
quote:Composing can be a very frustrating task at times because of all the abstract parts that can't be taught in a book.
quote:Hope my comments help in some way.
quote: I care less about whether what I write is historically accurate, and more about whether it "works" to my own ears. I want practice in writing parts that fit together properly, so I reduce the amount of time I spend saying, "Oh, that doesn't work."
quote:Originally posted by Doc Bann:Theory comes to your rescuse when your ear paints you into a corner. The more theory you know the more corners you can escape from. Having had to try and crawl across the ceilings many times I know of what I speak.
quote:One suggestion I have for you is this.
quote:We've taken your honest and straight-forward question and harangued you with a ton of information and opinion. Our comments are made with the best of all possible intentions. I can see where it might come across as overwhelming and I sensed a bit of that in some of your responses.