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Composition

Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they play and discuss their composing skills.

Composition 2

NB: Towards the end of the clip John Cage is incorrectly mentioned, the composer should be John Adams. 

Composing is the process of writing music for any instrument or combination of instruments.  As a composer you can make all the decisions!  Start by deciding what style of piece you want to write and what instruments you want to write for.  Then you can choose how loud they play, how long they play for and all sorts of other things.  Remember to check you are writing notes which are within the pitch range for each instrument.  Have fun and get creative!

Below is further information on composing. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Compose your own music

History of composition

How to Compose Music

Most Bizarre Composer Facts Classic FM

Composers that inspire us:

John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Music Masters Documentary on Stockhausen
Music Masters Documentary on John Adams
Harrison Birtwistle – Notes from the end of a Garden
Susie Ibarra

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK 

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

 

Composition 1

Composing is the process of writing music for any instrument or combination of instruments.  As a composer you can make all the decisions!  Start by deciding what style of piece you want to write and what instruments you want to write for.  Then you can choose how loud they play, how long they play for and all sorts of other things.  Remember to check you are writing notes which are within the pitch range for each instrument.  Have fun and get creative! 

Below is further information on composition. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Compose your own music

History of composition

How to Compose Music 

Most Bizarre Composer Facts Classic FM

Composers that inspire us:

Hildegard of Bingen
Anton Webern 
Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

We have taken every effort to ensure that these links are genuine and useful. However, we do not accept any liability for their content. Following these links will take you out of the Chetham’s Outreach website, at your own risk. This excludes the resources created by us which are identified.