Composition Study – Melody

If you haven’t already, please take a look at my previous post regarding the rhythm aspect of this composition study.

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This continues our study on composition and use of Finale Notepad as a useful music composition and transcription tool. This time we were asked to make a melody out of our previously generated rhythm. The criteria were that we had to be able to play ourselves it on our own instrument, which is why this melody is written for flute.

Here’s what it sounds like, instruments rendered on GarageBand:  Composition
(I would recommend turning your volume down – apparently master volume doesn’t make a difference when I export to iTunes)

I made the melody fairly simplistic. I wanted it to seem like a basic study of rhythm and intonation with little emphasis on melody. When I listed back to my melody it reminded me of one of the grade 3 piano pieces I played for my exam, which was somewhat repetitive, but not unusual for pieces of its time.

Here’s what I think:

  • Do you have a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion?

Yes, I think I do.

  • If there are any large intervals, have you changed direction by step?

Yes, I think I did, if you count any of those as large intervals.

  • Does the melody have an appropriate range?

Yes, I think so. It’s a very simple melody without any extremely high or low notes.

  • Does it start and finish on the tonic note?

Yes, it begins and ends on G because it’s in G major.

 

Give me feedback using the same template:

  • Do you have a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion?

Yes O No

  • If there are any large intervals, have you changed direction by step?

O Yes O No O NA

  • Does the melody have an appropriate range?

O Yes O No

  • Does it start and finish on the tonic note?

O Yes O No

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