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Composer Debbie Wiseman explains her reasons for choosing certain instruments in an extract from a composition for film. A 'gritty' saxophone is chosen for an aggressive opening section and an electric guitar for an expressive 'eerie' section which follows. A harmonically unresolved ending leaves the viewer in suspense.
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5 October 1992

Classroom Ideas

Ask the students to use ideas contrasting timbres to help with planning their own compositions. Students can experiment with cadences to create a feeling of uncertainty or suspense at the end of their piece.

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