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    Question Musical plans

    Note: this is a banch of my 'busy music' thread.

    Fabio made a suggestion of mapping out your music in an organized and well-thought out plan. I'm giving this a shot but am not having much success.

    Mainly, I get stuck when my plan says "C major Cadance". What do I do next? Well, it's mainly the dominant cadances that really get me stuck. What do you do after a dominant cadance?

    Any ideas on the cadance issue or making these plans in general?

    -Chris

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    Re: Musical plans

    Chris,

    I start out most of my composing by drawing diagrams. Different symbols can mean various things, but mostly I will diagram things like pitch range, texture, intensity, and gesture. I will also indicate important timings in the form as well as important structure in pitch or rhythm. None of these choices need to stay etched in stone, but I find I end up with what I envisioned more often by starting this way.

    It doesn't need to be complex. Your diagram can be as simple as indicating:

    Exposition: :00 to 1:00 C major to G major
    Development: 1:00 to 1:30 G major to E minor, 1:30 to 2:00 E minor to A minor (big climax here!), 2:00 to 2:30 Get back to C major
    Recapitulation: 2:30 to 3:00 C major

    It helps me to have this plan, especially a graphic one. Otherwise composing is just noodling and rambling until I run out of steam. I'll scan some of my diagrams and post them later.

    Derek

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    Re: Musical plans

    Quote Originally Posted by cptexas
    Note: this is a banch of my 'busy music' thread.

    Fabio made a suggestion of mapping out your music in an organized and well-thought out plan. I'm giving this a shot but am not having much success.

    Mainly, I get stuck when my plan says "C major Cadance". What do I do next? Well, it's mainly the dominant cadances that really get me stuck. What do you do after a dominant cadance?

    Any ideas on the cadance issue or making these plans in general?

    -Chris
    Well, this is probably a simple solution, but I tend to go to the parallel minor and noodle around and then modulate out from there. I hope this helps.

    ~Paula
    Cheers!
    Paula

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