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SOUND Foundations

SOUND Foundations James Rae & Mike Cornick THIS INFORMATIVE and stimulating volume with CD on the art and craft of

composing will be welcomed by anyone who is learning to compose and is especially suitable for those taking secondary school music examinations. Two well-established music educationalists, James Rae and Mike Cornick, both of whom are composers with a combined wealth of teaching experience have, together, produced a practical and supportive resource to meet the needs of developing composers.



• The fundamentals of music theory, including time- and key-signatures, scales • • • • • • • •

and a section to get you started in understanding harmony Explanation of the basics as well as many of the finer points of musical notation and the applications of music software A CD with over 100 recorded examples directly related to the text as well as two play-along tracks for jazz improvisation Specific tips on writing for the voice and the piano as well as a thorough survey of virtually every other instrument, including ranges and characteristics The meaning of foreign musical terms Adding dynamics, articulation and other essentials to your score More than 150 suggestions for further listening in a wide range of genres An extensive glossary of technical terms A range of inspiring compositional assignments

ISMN 979-0-008-08092-0


ISBN 978-3-7024-6731-9

Cover photos © iStockphoto

UE 21 483

James Rae & Mike Cornick

In Sound Foundations, James Rae and Mike Cornick present a vast amount of essential information in an accessible and readable style. Historical background is introduced where necessary and many compositional approaches and starting points are explored. Amusingly illustrated with additional light relief in the form of entertaining anecdotal snippets, this volume can be read in its entirety or dipped into whenever needed.

A source of reference and a guide for aspiring composers

SOUND Foundations

James Rae & Mike Cornick

UE 21 483


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