The idea behind presenting worked exercises from practical textbooks is twofold:
Firstly, in order to develop the technique essential to composition, I worked all the exercises, sometimes more than once, in the chosen books. Even exercises such as these can be made to sound quite interesting and musical. Writing them in Dorico and recording them in Cubase also present opportunities for revision as well as become more fluent with the software.
Secondly, it might be beneficial to anyone else who is working through the same exercises. Naturally, my solutions are only one of many possible, but if anyone gets stuck, or is just curious as to how someone else did them, then he can check to see how somebody else realized them or solved a particular problem.
All the exercises in William Lovelock’s First Year Harmony, Second Year Harmony, Third Year Harmony and Free Counterpoint are available to view. I hope to upload 108 Exercises In Harmonisation by the same author. However, I am currently working through Owen Swindale’s Polyphonic Compoisition, which focuses on 16th century counterpoint, and uploading the chapters as I finish them.
Exercise workings are in two colours: notes in red are those given by the author and notes in black are those I have added to complete the workings.
Additionally, piano performances of all First Year Harmony exercises may be heard by clicking on the audio widget above each chapter’s score. Other performances are in preparation.