Monday, May 30, 2005

George Winston and Composition

Recently, I've been listening to George Winston. Specifically the piece Colors/Dance. I remember listening to this piece over and over trying to figure out the form of the music. You see, what George does is a very freeing thing for the performer/improviser.

Instead of focusing on the melody, he creates textural sections. For example the opening of Colors/Dance begins with an ostinato (the A section).

This continues for a while until a new, completely different background is created, and then another. So the form or arrangement of the piece may look something like - ABCBA. And it's all done with chords as the backdrop, not melody. A great way to compose. Not as easy as working with melody for some, but an excellent way to capture a mood!

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