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Several themes for a rondo, which ones do I use?


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Here's a playlist with 4 videos, each containing a different theme (numbered 1,2,3 and 4):

 

With these, I'd like to build a 7-part rondo (ABACABA), where "C" includes both a new theme and developmental episodes of theme A (typical rondo-sonata form hybrid).

 

Here are some possible layouts I can think of:

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Layout 1

A = theme 1 (always)

B = theme 2

C = theme 3 (or theme 4?)

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Layout 2

A = theme 1

B = something, idk (theme 4?)

C = theme 2

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Disregard the key each theme is in, everything can be transposed.

Basically, if I use theme 3, it needs to be a "C" (because I don't want to have a 3/4 meter change instead of a sonata-like exposition). However, theme 2 could work both as B or C. I'm not sure theme 4 fits with the style completely, even though I like it quite a bit.

 

Any suggestions?

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I can't believe what I just heard! They are all amazing and showing highly sophisticated compositional techniques at MAESTRO-LEVEL!

Suggestions? Just do whatever you want. Most people here are not qualified to give you suggestions.

Please share your final product with us when you finish the project! I'm looking forward to it.

(theme 1 is extra amazing, btw.)

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Of course, you can choose whichever, don't take my opinion as a decision! However, I personally feel that No. 1 is the most immediately striking and suitable for a rondo theme.

But keep the rest, they can definitely be used in another composition or as a development of this one!

aMC

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Of course, you can choose whichever, don't take my opinion as a decision! However, I personally feel that No. 1 is the most immediately striking and suitable for a rondo theme.

But keep the rest, they can definitely be used in another composition or as a development of this one!

aMC

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3 hours ago, Yanpeng Zhang said:

I can't believe what I just heard! They are all amazing and showing highly sophisticated compositional techniques at MAESTRO-LEVEL!

Suggestions? Just do whatever you want. Most people here are not qualified to give you suggestions.

Please share your final product with us when you finish the project! I'm looking forward to it.

(theme 1 is extra amazing, btw.)

 

Hi, thanks for the kind words! I think I'll leave this aside for a few days, it tends to help me figure out this kind of choices.

2 hours ago, aMusicComposer said:

Of course, you can choose whichever, don't take my opinion as a decision! However, I personally feel that No. 1 is the most immediately striking and suitable for a rondo theme.

But keep the rest, they can definitely be used in another composition or as a development of this one!

aMC

 

Thanks! The 1st is the one I'll use for sure. The 3rd is actually what you're already saying, a theme I put aside to reuse in the future (it' from 2019, while the others are new). There's no need to hurry, I can lay in my  drawer one more year.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Personally I felt 1 and 4 are the strongest ones, harmonically and melodically. Nr 1 feels like something that could be a "main part" so to speak. Like an A-part to come back to later. And nr 4 is a good side-theme to follow up with, because the structure is so different it will fit as a contrasting section.

Good ideas, and interesting to see how this rondo will turn out in the end. Good luck

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