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Lessons with Wayne Scales
siwi posted a topic in Lesson Thread ArchiveWelcome to lessons. I would like to start by getting you to write something using a very limited amount of material, in order to focus on different ways to 'spin out' basic building blocks and experiment with a motivic approach to composition. So, the assignment is to compose a piece for piano up to 3 mins in length, using maximum two different motifs of no more than a bar's duration. The rhythmic and pitch content of these motifs is up to you but I would like you to write them out at the head of the score to show what you are working with. You may derive as much additional material as possible from them but it must all be clearly related to the original. Ideally, I will be looking for everything in the music to be able to be shown to be derived from one of the motifs. At the same time, the composition must work as a 'piece', and of course be playable.