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Approaches to composition
Composer Errollyn Wallen discusses some of the compositional ideas in her piece 'Mondrian' - performed here by Ensemble X. She explains the importance of choosing the right instruments to convey your ideas. She thinks in terms of colours and textures in musical composition. Ideas explored on the piano are transferred to classical instruments in a jazzy piece. The first example combines the sounds of wind instruments with the ethereal sound of harmonics from string instruments. The second highlights the importance of dissonance to add spice and variety to harmonies, which are further shaped using dynamic variation and rhythmic patterning.
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