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COMPOSTITION PROJECT #2 – Melody with Chordal Accompaniment
Choose a feeling/emotion you wish to portray. (Identify in the comments section on Sakai or make clear
by using a title for your piece.)
Choose an appropriate major or minor (harmonic only) key of minimum THREE sharps or flats in 6/8,
3/4, or 4/4 time. DO NOT USE SYNCOPATION THAT OBSCURES THE METER.
Write for Piano, melody in right hand (i.e. treble clef), chords in left hand (i.e. bass clef).
Compose an 8-measure SINGABLE melody. Make sure that any melody note that is not in the
harmonizing chord (i.e. "non-chord tone") is approached and left in a step-wise manner.
Use two different chords per measure (may have only one chord in the final measure) to harmonize the
melody (method is explained in lecture notes in Announcements). Inversions count as a different chord.
Use functional harmony only, no modal harmony, i.e. progressions must proceed Tonic-SubdominantDominant-Tonic. We will discuss this in class, including the chords that are in each family.
Include a half cadence in measure 4(i.e. come to rest on V-chord) and end with a Perfect Authentic
Cadence (V-I) as explained in the text.
Include at least one passing tone and one neighbor tone.
Include at least two triads in inversion.
NO 7th chords other than V7 and viio7.
Avoid using 6/4 chords except the cadential I6/4, V, I. Use diminished chords in 6/3 position only.
Provide Roman numeral and figured-bass analysis.
Upload to Sakai in .mscz format using Musescore program.
No errors and artistically exceptional = A
No major errors and artistically acceptable = B
Multiple errors or artistically unacceptable = C
Multiple errors AND artistically unacceptable = D or F
10 points off for each day late submission.
5 points off for extra blank measures.