Music 120Z: etude #5 - arch form

Challenge:
Write a short composition in an arch form: A - B - C - B' - A'. The "A" sections should concentrate on rhythmic gestures; the "B" sections should present material which is "ambient" or out-of-tempo; the "C" section should present material with a dramatically changing tempo (either an acceleration or a deceleration). The "A" and "B" materials should be slightly or considerably varied when they return at the end of the form.

Requirements:
You may use any available source materials for this assignment, and record new materials in the lab.
Work in stereo.
Your composition may be as short as a minute or as long as a few minutes.

Possibilities:
This assignment draws on many of the techniques and challenges we've already discussed: the "theme and variations" and "ostinato" assignments in particular. Think about your solutions for those assignments and also try to imagine new possibilities!

Goals:
Transitions: can you segue convincingly between the contrasting sections? what about the A materials encourages a transition (or a sharp jumpcut) to the B section (& etc.)?
Variation: what causes the B and A materials to be varied when they return? how do they change?
Durations: are the lengths of each section appropriate? how do they relate to one another?
Creativity: !

Submission:
Burn your final draft onto an audio CD; please label it with your name and the assignment number.
Submit your etude in class on Monday, November 3rd, 2003.

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