Alan Belkin (ex-professor) has a free counterpoint book on his website. .. “ Tratado Primero: De la armonía” – D. Hilarion Eslava (don’t know if. A Workbook for Elementary Tonal Compositionby Alan Belkin Alan Belkin, IntroductionThis little workbook is supplied in response to a. Sono disponibili buoni testi sull’armonia, contrappunto, e orchestrazione, ma i principi pratici della forma musicale, specialmente dal punto di vista.

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You may use inversions of the given chords.

This relationship largely results from the cadences: Also, real talent is usually obvious even at this level. The first half of that course more or less corresponding to the material given here took one semester. However the tension is prolonged over four phrases.

In the second semester students went on to write in simple model tonal forms. Needless to say, doing these exercises will not make one a composer, but experience shows that without these skills, much time will be wasted later in remedial work. One novelty, which I have never seen elsewhere, sets this workbook apart from others currently available: Belkin – Supreme Court of?

Exercises must be heard! Alan Belkin, Part 4: The listener hears the second phrase in the light of the first, and the antecedent-consequent relationship is evident at least at the start and at the end of the second phrase.

Note that I do not mean analysis of tonal harmony but, actual writing of music. Only a figured bass is required in addition to the alxn. My own series of online textbooks can be found online, free, at: The frequent repetition undergone by most motives requires more or less continual variation to maintain interest.


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A motive is a short, memorable pattern, which is repeated and varied. Conversely, introducing a characteristic motive and then ignoring it usually creates distraction and weakens the overall effect. The difficulty of making a convincing transition lies in balancing the number of things which change and the amount of time available. Because the structure is stable and reinforces memory, a double period is especially useful for presenting new material; it is more often found in exposition than in development.

Add figures to the bass line. I furnish exercises in writing transitions. B the Double Period 4 exercises Bring the given opening to a half cadence, or else to a full cadence in a closely related key. Depending on where the transition appears in the form, it may need to happen quickly, or there may be quite a lot of time available.

Alan Belkin – A Workbook for Elementary Tonal

Not only are transitions essential to any substantial musical forms; the skills involved in writing them are basic to all musical composition. Add a figured bass to belkln the harmony. Principes de Contrepoint-Alan Belkin Documents. Smoothly connect each of the 1st ideas represented by the first two bars to the 2nd idea on the same system. Alan Belkin – Armonia Documents. The Construction of a Phrase For more detailed information on the following forms, please the glossary in my book on musical form, at: Add three more phrases to make a double period: Here is the table of contents for my book on musical form.

However one distinction I have found useful aln between “close” and “distant” variants of a motive. Resumen Alan Belkin Orquestacin Documents. A Practical Guide to Music Composition? You may develop the ideas to be joined at more length as well, if desired. Aim for idiomatic writing for instruments. Even though the exercises given here are in a fairly simple tonal style, the techniques used are basic to all composition. As in a single phrase, over the whole period the listener should be drawn in quickly, experience a gradual intensification, and feel closure at the end.


The transition may be any reasonable length; it is not limited to one bar. The Construction of a Phrase1. A phrase must have a beginning that provokes interest; it must develop coherently, inviting increasing involvement on the part of the listener, and it must supply a sense of resolution at its end.

Grouping Phrases A the Period 3 exercises Continue the given beginning to an open cadence as indicated; then add a second, consequent phrase, based on the same material, finishing with a closed cadence, to form a period structure.

Alan Belkin – A Workbook for Elementary Tonal

Motives stimulate the memory, and thus can be used to create connections going beyond simple short term continuity. Review of Elementary Harmony A 2 exercises harmonise for 4 part choir, in keeping with the given beginning: For Concise Introduction To Tonal Alan Belkin Harmony Spanish Documents. All exercises must be written with real voices and instruments in mind. At least a semester of introduction to the basics of writing for instruments will also be very useful. Motives 4 exercises For each exercise, continue the accompaniment to the end of the phrase, using the same motive.

Certain motivic variants, for example retrograde, augmentation and diminution, often upset the rhythmic flow; they may be easy to seize visually, but when heard are often quite dissimilar to the original form.