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Composing Music: A New Approach

by William Russo

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I got this book after seeing several recommendations of the author's work, this one included. Despite having only a basic grasp of standard notation, it was not difficult to read and perform the exercises. The limitation of aspects available to use in the exercises does help to keep the focus on specific principles and techniques. With less options to worry about, more gets done, and so confidence and experience both profit. I might only suggest to pair such study with a standard notation program, with which you can cleanly create, play, and store your compositions. I found MuseScore to be easy to use and is free. ( )
  B. | Dec 5, 2010 |
This is the best book on composing music available. It is not just for beginners but it is good for them too. Ideal for a music composition class and also good for home study. Using limited resources for each compositional approach and skill, you use your creativity to use the procedure in an actual composition. By the end of the book you are comfortable with expressing musical ideas in a number of ways, adding richness to your compositions and expanding the possibilities. Experienced composers will find a resource that will place a number of approaches at their finger tips for developing or expanding their compositions or film scores. ( )
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"Composing Music: A New Approach" is a hands-on approach to composing that helps develop a wide range of skills and composing knowledge. It is useful for all skill levels, as long as there is a basic knowledge of reading notes.

Each element of composing is learned by doing, and, as in the real world, creativity is expanded by limiting the resources available for each composition. Students may start with limited knowledge of music composition but they end with a wide range of choices for their own compositions.

It is also useful for experienced composers who want to have a full pallet of procedures at hand for use in their compositions or film scores.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226732169, Plastic Comb)

Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar.

"This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developing improvising skills or who would like a fun way to explore music."—Jim Stockford, Co-Evolution Quarterly

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:21:18 -0400)

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