Compositional Improvisations Vol I: Water

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

2016

Scoring: 

keyboard

Duration (min): 

25

Recording: 

Compositional Improvisations from "The Mysteria", Sept. 2013, Ravello Records

TECHNIQUES FOR LEARNING COMPOSITIONAL IMPROVISATION TEMPLATES     

                                                                                                                                                                                      

For these templates, one motive is presented in three different scales for
every key. The performance ideal is a kind of "written improvisation", where
the eye moves randomly around the page playing what comes to hand, and also
randomly mixing and matching material between treble and bass clefs in a
system. The templates are designed so that everything in the bass clef of a
scale may be played effectively with everything in the treble clef of the
same scale. *

Because of the lack of measures key signatures persist through a scale, but
accidentals only apply to the attached note, and the corresponding clef.
Frequent courtesy accidentals are included, without parentheses to save
horizontal space. Knowledge of the included scales--especially the octotonic
due to frequent chromatic alteration of the key--will be invaluable in
reading these templates. The listed octotonic scale always begins with a
half-step (for C: the notes c, c#,d#, etc.).

Since these templates are not meant to be read in a linear fashion, certain
customary symbols have been left off: brackets, bar lines, beams, etc.
Ultimately, they are meant to be a mix and match affair. The treble clef
outlines the basic melodic cells in red, with idealized harmonizations in the
bottom voice in black. These idealized harmonizations are also shown in a
variety of rhythmic displacements to show the different possibilities
inherent in harmonic rhythm.  The octotonic version of the melody has two
harmonizations; the first one dense, the last one simpler. Since the dense
harmonizations are ultimately more useful, they have been included first.
Reminder: all chords and motives may be played in any octave.

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program info:

Improvisations from "Compositional Improvisations Vol I: Water" by Gregory Hall and Jesse Feinberg

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Video: 

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