Twentieth Century Harmony: Chapter 3 (part 1)

In Chapter Three of Twentieth Century Harmony, Persichetti discusses the cycle of fifths, thirds, and seconds, and sevenths, ninths, fifteenths, seventeenths, and twelve-note chords.

The chapter concludes with twenty compositional prompts. Here are exercises 1-5!

 

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Twentieth Century Harmony: Chapter 2 (part 1)

In Chapter Two of Twentieth Century Harmony, Persichetti discusses scale materials: modes, synthetic scale formations, pentatonic and hexatonic scales, and the chromatic scale.

The chapter concludes with twenty-five (!) "applications" (i.e. compositional prompts). Here are exercises 1-4 and 6-7.

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Twentieth Century Harmony: Chapter 1 (part 1)

In Chapter One of Twentieth Century Harmony, Persichetti discusses the overtone series and why we perceive some intervals as consonant and others as dissonant.

The chapter concludes with twelve "applications" (i.e. compositional prompts). Here are the first six!

 

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Composing Music by William Russo: Chapter 16 (part 2)

Kaleidoscopic Ostinatos

Russo uses the term Kaleidoscopic Ostinatos to refer to two or more ostinatos of differing lengths that occur simultaneously.

For this next exercise, I created an accompaniment with four ostinao patterns of different lengths:

  • Pattern a is three…
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