The Art of Composing Podcast

AOC 008: Understanding Musical Form

av The Art of Composing Podcast | Publicerades 11/11/2014

Episode 8 of the Art of Composing Podcast. In this episode, find out why you need to learn about musical form, and what exactly makes musical form so powerful. We also analyze the 1st Movement to Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 1.
What is in this episode:

* Learn about the different levels of musical form, and how they work together to create a feeling of temporality.
* We go over each section of the 1st movement to Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 1, talking about the techniques that are being used in each section.
* Learn how the Lord of the Rings is a great analogy for remembering Sonata Form.

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Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:

* The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

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Welcome to another episode of the art of composing podcast. Art of Composing is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of musical composition, and then teaching them in ways that allow you to become the composer you want to be.

In this episode, we are going to learn all about musical form and how you can learn to compose by watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Musical form has always been an interesting subject to me. On the surface, form seems like it is a road map, that you as a composer can follow to create pieces that sound a specific way. And this is true, on the surface.

But as you start to peel away these surface elements, you'll find that studying form is much deeper. And that is what we are going to talk about in this episode.

I like to always start things off with a definition, and this is my personal definition, which I've created over studying form for the last few years:

Musical Form is an emergent feature of music that happens over time when you combine the separate elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo and texture.

Let's take a minute to break down this definition, and pull out some important points. That way I know we are on solid ground as I start to explain the different kinds of musical form.

First, Musical Form is an emergent feature of music that happens over time.

Part of the mystery of musical form, is why it creates certain feelings in people. In particular feelings of time or temporality.

If you think about a piece of music that is done well, there is usually some point in the music where you identify a beginning. A feeling that the music is just starting and that there is more to come.

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Jon Brantingham talks about everything related to music composition, music theory, and creativity, to get you started on the right foot while learning to compose. Discover what you need to be doing to consistently grow as a budding composer, what tips and tricks will make the process a little less painful, and most importantly, what you can do to find your own composing voice. Jon is a composer, music composition teacher, business owner, former Army helicopter pilot, father and husband. He doesn't enjoy long walks on the beach, but instead prefers to jump in and surf. Whether you like to write in a classical or romantic style, like Jon, or you like to write 4 minutes of bleeps and bloops and call that music, or maybe you are a singer-songwriter, the Art of Composing podcast will be your guide to learning the art and craft of music composition.