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Harmony

A glimpse of the harmonic approach

 

It is essential for even composers skillful melody not familiar with Western harmonic approach to develop at least a working knowledge about it to be able to create melharmonic compostions of good quality.  

  • This video shows a few of such important techniques employed in the West to create multiple parts like triadic harmony, ostinato, imitation etc. (See video)
  • They must familiarise themselves with range, typical speeds and tonalities of various orchestral instruments (bassoon, oboe, tuba, trombone etc) not to mention the brilliant manner in which they have been explored by legendary composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and others.  
  • Listening to a lot of quality orchestras and ensembles or even soloists can help a lot.
  • Needless to say, they must also develop an ability to write/read Western staff notation with its sophisticated but precise markings for expressions, articulation, dynamics etc.