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The Composer's Handbook - Vol. 1 - A do-it-yourself approach combining "trick of the trade" and other techniques with step-by-step guides to projects - ( ED 12405 ) Paperback – 1 Sep 1996

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Schott Music Ltd (1 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946535809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946535804
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Cole studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Harrison Birtwhistle and has pursued a joint career as a composer and teacher. He has taught at most levels from pre-school to postgraduate including teacher training, and work with young people with special educational needs and young offenders. His work as a composer has included orchestral commissions, scores for film, television, theatre, dance and new circus. He has been composer-in-residence to two education authorities and has worked on the education programmes of many orchestras.

Bruce Cole is currently Fellow in Community Music at the University of York and Chief Examiner to a national examination board.


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This book is, in my opinion, for the musician who has a decent theory background and wants to develop his skills in writing meaningful, logical compositions, whatever his style is.
The first two parts cover the basics about how to compose a good melody (and various strategies are briefly but clearly shown) out of a basic musical idea, how to write an harmonic bed to that melody and how to give a logical form to your composition. There's also a little, curious chapter about what to do if you run out of ideas.
Then Part III, IV apply those ideas to various classical music styles exposed in a chronological order:baroque, classical, atonality, serialism.....
Part V is dedicated to popular music, with a last chapter dedicated to production.
Obviously all these subjects are not exposed in depth, but are exposed with great clarity and with many written examples.
This book is really well conceived and can really help a musician to develop his musical ideas. It obviously can be also a precious starting point to go deeper with the subjects it covers.
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My daughter is finding this book very useful for her AS-level studies.
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