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I was advised by my tutors at school to compose three pieces from three different periods in musical history, e.g. Classical, Baroque and Romantic. For my third piece I decided to write something based around modern 20th century ideas.

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Liverpool College Centre No. 34245 Liam Tai-Hogan Candidate No. 9080 Piece 3-TV Soap Opera Theme Tune Brief I was advised by my tutors at school to compose three pieces from three different periods in musical history, e.g. Classical, Baroque and Romantic. For my third piece I decided to write something based around modern 20^th century ideas. It was also suggested that I write a piece with words, either original or taken from a poem/song. Stimulus In school I listened to a selection of music from the 20^th century. I chose the words from the pop-song "California Dreamin" written by John and Michelle Phillips from "The Mamas and the Papas". They were a hippie style band from the 1960's well known for their strong vocal lines and close harmony, because I was familiar with the words I felt it would be easy to create my own chord sequences and melody to suit them. ...read more.

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Influences Influences for this piece obviously include the song "California Dreamin", by "The Mamas and the Papas". During editing the piece, when I thought about what it really should be used for, looking at video sequences on the computer made me think that the piece should be for a soap opera. Analysis The piece is written in a light popular style, reflecting current styles in television programme theme music. The table below shows an outline of the structure. Bars Section Analysis 1-8 1 Theme Eb major. [image001.gif] Piano broken chords Bb major. Sax and clarinet play shared melody 9-16 2 Bass guitar introduced, playing walking bass. Sax and clarinet repeat melody. Piano plays block chords. 17-24 3 Piano plays short repeated block chords and walking base. Bass continues. Sax and Clarinet share new blues style material. ...read more.

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Eventually I decided that just a Bass guitar would be the right choice, because a drum kit would make the piece feel too modern for my new idea; the piece being used as a television theme tune. Revision Ideas for what the piece should be, were revised a couple of times, however, the actual melody and rhythm stayed the same. The final revision for the piece was some editing of the phrasing and the speed of the piece, and the addition of a Bass guitar part. Equipment I used my piano at home and pianos and keyboards in school to compose the chords and parts of the melody. I used a Yamaha PSR-330 keyboard and a Yamaha PSR-350 keyboard for inputting my ideas into Sibelius. I used a Hewlett Packard Laser jet 6Lto print of my manuscript. Word processing was done using Office 2000 on a Pentium 3 computor. ...read more.

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