Alan Berklin A Practical Guide to Musical Composition.pdf


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• Structural requirements for the beginning of a musical work
• Some typical starting gestures
• The opening as a distinct section
Elaboration/Continuation, pt. 1
• Organization of this chapter:
• General Requirements for successful continuation
• Transitional technique: the basis of satisfactory musical flow
• Contrast
• Suspense
• Points of reference
• Climax
Elaboration/Continuation, pt. 2
• Flow
• Major Contrasts
• Creating suspense over larger spans of time
• Long range points of reference
• Climax
Ending
• How can the composer conclude the piece convincingly?
• Resolution: the main issue
• Rounding Off
• Ending gestures
• The ending as a distinct section: the Coda
Forms: A Glossary
• Introduction
• Specific forms
Conclusion and Acknowledgements