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Composition Brief and Appraisal

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Composition 1 - Mazurka - BRIEF I am going to write a piece of music in the style of a Mazurka, a Mazurka could be commonly found at Ballroom dances, it originated in Poland. I will be writing my piece of music to be played on the flute. My Composition will be based on aspects and features of three pieces of music, that are in my chosen style. My main piece that I have taken features from is called Anitra's Dance - it is taken from Peer Gynt. This piece is also my Performance 1. Some of the typical features that I have taken from this piece include trills. Trills are ornaments - they are performed by going to the next note up and to the original repeatedly at a very quick speed. ...read more.


Composition 1 - Mazurka - APPRAISAL For my composition 1, I had to write a piece of music that was in the style of my performance 1, and two other pieces - a Mazurka. My composition contains features that are commonly found in Mazurka's - such as, a very lively and upbeat tempo, so that it will fit in with the correct style. I feel that my composition was quite successful because towards the start of it I wasn't very confident about what I had to do. And was unsure about what style to base it on. But in the end I was able to pick up the techniques and what the completed dance sound would sound like. ...read more.


For example Mazurka's are normally in triple time, or 3/4 and my piece is in keeping with that. I feel that by using all these features that are typical to Mazurka's - mainly the trills and the feel that it gives the piece and the tempo used and following the brief that I stated I would follow I feel that my composition was successful and I created it to the best of my abilities. But I could never create it to be perfect, and fit in with the style of a Mazurka perfectly - as I did not have enough time to go into an in depth study as I would have liked to. I also feel that I could have added some more ornaments into the piece - such as a Acciaccatura, where you add a smaller note in front of the original, you play it as fast as possible. ...read more.

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