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Brief My school's music department wants to encourage students to start to learn to play instruments. To help them choose which instrument they would like to learn, students who already play will be demonstrating their skills by performing a composition. I have decided to write a composition for a violin accompanied by a piano. Compositional Process The piece is in rondo form (Area of Study 1) for a violin and piano which contains 3 sections in the format ABACA, with the A section as the returning theme, but varied slightly each time to keep the theme interesting. The piece was composed in simple time: 4/4. I chose to use this to counter the difficulty of the piano parts, where semi-quavers and quavers are played in both parts for a large proportion of the piece. The first A section was composed mostly in G major, with 4 bars in the middle in D major, the dominant key of G major. To start the piece, I created a violin melody accompanied with a piano playing arpeggios and broken chords. ...read more.


Originally, the first half of the B section had a I-VI-II-IV I-II-V-I progression, with the second half with the same progression but in E minor. However, I decided to cut this down as it made this section become too long. The change of rhythm in this section contrasts this section from the other sections of the piece, as the lack of semiquavers makes this section feel slower. This helped with my decision to cut this section down to only 8 bars to counter that. I ended this section in E minor so that this would lead into the next A section, which started in the same key. I also used more articulation in this section, particularly with staccato notes, as they have not been used anywhere else in the piece apart from this section. The second A section was transposed into E minor (the relative minor of G major), though had sections in G and D major in the middle, but was likewise similar to the first A section, except from the ending. ...read more.


The last two bars consisted of a D major chord in first inversion, another D major chord but in the other hand with the 7th added which is the climax of this section and is forte which resolves to a pianissimo G major chord, creating a perfect cadence. The third A section consisted of G major, with the left and right hands swapping harmonies and the semiquavers lengthened to quavers from bar 70; and E minor and D major, with elements from the C section, especially the thirds in the left hand. I decided to end the piece with the piano parts playing block chords as they have only played them at the end of sections and in the C section. Also, both piano parts at the end of this section are in unison, which only occurred in the C section beforehand. I did this because I wanted the last A section to incorporate elements that were introduced throughout the whole piece to neatly sum up the piece and to bring it to a close. ictl @ TheStudentRoom ?? ?? ?? ?? Ivan L Composition ...read more.

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