Music Composition Tutorial – 04 Musical DNA

This is where the nuts and bolts of this type of composition start paying off.

You could almost think of it as a formula:

Motive + Motive = Phrase

Motive + Something Else = Phrase

In case of longer or more complex phrases (usually built up of small motives):
Motive + Motive = Subphrase

Subphrase + Something Else = Phrase

After that:
Phrase + Phrase = Period

Period + Period = Passage/Section (I like to use the word section)

Section + Section = Getting into whole piece territory, but we’ll get into macro structure later.

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