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 Post subject: Constrained Writing
PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:07 am 
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Who here has ever composed constrained writing? It's very interesting, you just decide to restrict yourself before you compose a piece. A Common constrained composing technique is only using notes in the key (i.e. A piece in D major could only use D E F# G A B and C#). Another is deciding that you'll play every note in the chromatic scale in once piece. There are also rhythmic contraints, like playing the same rhythm on a hand throughout a longish piece, or never writing note values smaller than an eighth note.

Scriabin used composition constrained to only the left hand, and minamalist composers have limited themselves to only using 5ths and octaves in a composition.

Here is an example of constrained writing that I put down last year. The rules for this piece were this:

The melody must be played on the left hand

The right hand must never stray from a particular eighth note rhythm (in pitch, it goes up up up down in groups of 4 at all times)

The piece must use at least three different keys (it uses several passing keys, but settles in E flat, E flat minor and C minor)

Every note in the Chromatic scale must be used at some point
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The results from this kind of limitation can be very interesting, as they create rich, and particular melodies, that must be well thought out and planned before composition.

Hope you guys find this interesting:

http://media.putfile.com/ODonnell--Prel ... Flat-Major


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:46 am 
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The right hand must never stray from a particular eighth note rhythm


That limitation makes absolute no sense, except when you use it with a certain purpose, like minimalists do (even if I do not like them). It only makes a piece boring.

The melody you use does simply not follow any musical logic, that´s why it sounds a bit random to me. Tonal accords are not meant to be used as equal, they all have their unique... touch, know what I mean? :wink:

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limited themselves to only using 5ths and octaves in a composition.


I do agree that some limitations may be able to form a piece; I think you can learn a lot by trying to make melodies with using only the five notes of a pentatonic scale.


Another limitation (although probably very hard) would be, trying not to use the same rhythm twice. Probably a bit weird, though :wink:


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