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Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar. "This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developin Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar. "This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developing improvising skills or who would like a fun way to explore music."—Jim Stockford, Co-Evolution Quarterly


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Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar. "This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developin Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student's musical grammar. "This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developing improvising skills or who would like a fun way to explore music."—Jim Stockford, Co-Evolution Quarterly

30 review for Composing Music: A New Approach

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Hatch

    I’ve been writing music for over 30 years at this point and was a music major and teach music professionally, so I was not expecting to learn anything new. And I did not. I read this book with an eye to getting ideas for exercises and approaches I could use in teaching composition to my own students, and I even did a few of the exercises when it seemed like I would learn something interesting from working them. The book is aimed at students who have very minimal knowledge of music and compositio I’ve been writing music for over 30 years at this point and was a music major and teach music professionally, so I was not expecting to learn anything new. And I did not. I read this book with an eye to getting ideas for exercises and approaches I could use in teaching composition to my own students, and I even did a few of the exercises when it seemed like I would learn something interesting from working them. The book is aimed at students who have very minimal knowledge of music and composition — think college freshmen who are maybe also taking Theory 101 and studied some instrument in high school. It would be totally fine for self study. If you do that, know that it came out in 1980 so it’s subtly dated, mostly in its emphasis on ideas found in minimalism. Which at the time was absolutely cutting edge. For my own work it was most helpful in reminding me of techniques and procedures that I often don’t think to try, so I copied them into a list in my notebook as I went, to refer to when I’m writing my next pieces.

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    Kari

    Nothing I didn't already know, which surprised me

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    Michael Meusch

    If not one of the best books on composition. Get it fill up the pages with notes.

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