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Flexible Arranging and Composing

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- a simple approach to harmony inspired by Renaissance musicians, and adapted for practica use today by David Kettlewell .

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CONTENTS

1. Purpose: how the approach can help

  • teachers, leaders and arrangers
  • students of harmony
  • musicians who perform early music
  • practical musicologists

2. The basic concept: harmony from separate parts, rather than chords

3. The method

  • an example
  • description/analysis of the example
  • summary of principles to follow
  • an example to try yourself
  • how the principles work in practice
  • perform what you have written
  • chord instruments
  • words

4. An example worked step-by-step

5. Further refinements - which may be used once the basic method is familiar

6. Later thinking

7. Improvising

8. Notes on performing flexible arrangements

Appendix 1: The renaissance view of early music: summary at a glance
Appendix 2: A historical summary: how music was composed 950-1750
Appendix 3: Examples to perform from a wide range of styles


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