Monday, October 31, 2005

Using Phrases to Create With

Writers have words, sentences, and paragraphs. Artists have color and canvas. We musicians and composers have what is known as the phrase. A phrase is a way of measuring time and is used by composers to chart their ideas.

We chart out our ideas using phrases and we build a composition by adding more phrases. This is all that is meant by musical form. We use the principles of repetition and contrast to create our music with. This can be quickly accomplished by using the 8-bar phrase.

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