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B2. Composition Motifs and Melodic Sequence Exercises

Grade 6 Music Theory - Composition Lesson 2: Motifs and Melodic Sequence - Exercises

 

1. Circle each further instance of the motif which was circled at the beginning of the score. Comment on any rhythmic modifications of the motif you find.

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2. Circle the notes in each of these given openings which would most likely make a interesting rhythmic motif to reuse elsewhere in the composition.

The first one has been done as an example.

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3. In each melody, identify with a curved line a statement and one subsequent melodic sequence and label them as such. Say whether the sequences are diatonic or chromatic.

The first one has been done for you as an example.

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4. For the following melodic sequences, say which key the music appears to be moving to.

a. (Starts in E major) 

 

b. (Starts in G minor) 

 

 

5. Write the following melodic sequences as instructed.

a. Make two diatonic sequences of the opening. Start on the 7th degree of the scale to finish the first bar, and start on the 6th degree of the scale to complete the second bar. The key is B major.

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b. Make two diatonic sequences of the opening. Start on the 2nd degree of the scale to complete bars 3-4, and start on the 3rd degree of the scale for bars 5-6. The key is Eb major.

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c. Make a diatonic sequence of the opening in bars 3-4, starting on the 2nd degree of the scale. Make two more diatonic sequences to complete bars 5-6, using the first three notes of bar 5. Start the first one on the 7th degree of the scale and the second one on the 6th degree of the scale. (Use the melodic minor scale.) The key is F# minor.

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