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Description - Creative Music Composition by Margaret Lucy Wilkins

Creative Music Composition is designed to be an introductory textbook for music students. "Creative composition"-composing in your own style, rather than in the style of a composer of the past-is embraced by music educators not only for composition students, but for beginning performers and music educators, and is often offered to all music students and non-music majors who wish to enhance their musical creativity. With 25 years of experience teaching fledgling composers, the author tackles the key ingredients that make for successful composition, including: stimulus to the musical imagination; discussion of a variety of current musical languages; analysis of many examples from contemporary scores; technical exercises; suggestions as to how to start a composition; structures; and examinations of works from particular genres. Wilkins covers several musical languages, from folk and popular to serialism; analyses various rhythmic forms; suggests approaches for composing for a variety of instruments, from traditional to electronic ones, as well as for the human voice; addresses the nuts and bolts of score preparation; and offers career advice. For all composition students-and for music students in general-Creative Music Composition offers a clear and concise introduction that will enable them to reach their personal goals.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415974660
ISBN-10: 0415974666
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Margaret Lucy Wilkins

Margaret Lucy Wilkins is a noted composer and educator. From 1976 until her retirement in 2003, she directed the Composition program at the University of Huddersfield (UK), where 250 students a year enroll in a "free composition" course. She also is a well-known composer and conductor, with many commissions for her own work.