(musicComp1) Final Composition – Duet

Due: Friday, May 3, by noon. (turn in to my MU 207 office).

Your final composition is a duet, approximately 1.5 – 2 minutes in length. One of the instruments should be from an instrumental group that you haven’t written for in either of your solo compositions. Both instruments should be from the woodwind, and/or brass, or bowed string families. Your composition should be diatonically chromatic or atonal.

Consider rhythmic texture as a compositional device, using the model pieces we have looked at in class. Consider how the combination of homophonic rhythmic textures with independent contrapuntal textures to create organization. Don’t just use imitative alternation in your piece.

We will not have this final composition performed in-class.

To summarize the requirements:

  • one of the instruments must be from an instrumental group that you haven’t written for previously.
  • both instruments should come from the woodwind, brass, and/or bowed string families.
  • length should be between 1.5 and 2 minutes, approximately.
  • Notation should be neat and clear, including tempo markings, dynamics, and expression markings.
  • Title and your name should be on the first page.
  • Staves should be labeled with the instrument names, at least on the first system.
  • The two staves for each system should be bracketed on the left edge. Use the Ran, Private Game, as an example.


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