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Harmony

… the simultaneous sounding of two or more pitches which change through time, is what helps to convey music’s direction and emotion. It is the bedrock of the Western Music Tradition

Counterpoint

… the interweaving of two or more concurrent melodies according to its own rules, though subservient to the rules of harmony. It adds coherence to a musical texture, but is difficult to master

Orchestration

… adds further light, shade and colour to the music by blending and contrasting individual and groups of instruments with regard to range, timbre, dynamic and balance

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Gear

Part of the job of composing music these days is dealing with the all-consuming subject of “gear”, so this section will deal with…

Works

Score Examples Of Compositions On This Site

About

The Core Skills Necessary For Composition

Harmony

picture: first MS page of Tristan And Islode

Counterpoint

picture: start of Contrapunctus II from The Art Of Fugue

Orchestration

picture: first MS page of The Rite Of Spring

Who

… Peter Lynch has a background in performance and education. He is also a omposer

Vision

…To share and share in the cultural richness of Western Classical Music

Mission

…To create music which respects the values and tradition of Western Classical Music

Fundamentals

Get These Basics Right First

1st Year Harmony

Deals with triads, inversions, dominant 7th, cadences, passing & auxiliary notes and modulation to related keys

2nd Year Harmony

Adds advanced modulation, diminished and augmented triads, secondary 7ths, ellipsis and chromatic harmony

3rd Year Harmony

Deals with beginnings, endings, figures while modulating, style, technique and string accompaniment

2 Part Counterpoint

Often implies rather than fully expresses the harmonic basis. What is omitted is as important as what is included

3 Part Counterpoint

Each part has equal melodic and rhythmic status. Stylistic cohesion is essential. Imitation is often necessary

4 Part Counterpoint

All parts still have equal interest and there is frequent crossing of parts to maintain linear integrity

Learn By Listening

To The Greatest Masters Of The Craft. This Month …
    Riemenschneider 371 Chorales
    Riemenschneider 371 Chorales

    Harmony

    This book provodes the basis on which serious students study the fundamentals of 4 part (SATB) harmony. It contains Bach’s 371 Chorale harmonizations and is the most important and enduring study aid on the subject ever published.

      Music Offering
      Music Offering

      Counterpoint

      The famous story, involving Frederick the Great, behind this astonishingly complex work is most entertaining. The iconic theme itself, used throughout, is a perfect balance of rising minor arpeggio and descending chromatic scale.

        Brandenburg Concerto No 6
        Brandenburg Concerto No 6

        Orchestration

        This vivacious work, composed for the antecedents of the string orchestra, is highly unusual in that there are no violins. Nonetheless, the unique, darker sounds and textures demonstrate what is possible with with limited resources.

          Chaconne In D Minor
          Chaconne In D Minor

          Composition

          A set of 64 variations on a 4 bar theme, this final movement of the Solo Partita in D Minor has achieved mythologocal status. It is perhaps the greatest solo violin piece of all time, both in its technical demands and expressive imagination.