Lesson 132: Composition Using Call and Response and Motivic Ideas
Example 1: Call and Response and Motivic Saturation
Check out the following motif and call and response pattern:
Motif 1 ( Call) | Response | Motif 1 ( Call) | Response Variation | Motif 2 | Sequence of Motif 2 | Conclusive Phrase - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - |
Try to come up with a melody that follows this pattern. This is what I came up with:
I admit that it isn't the greatest melody in the world, but it is a melody nevertheless. And it is a good example of the idea/ technique - and maybe you come up with something better?
Example 2: Call and Response
The call and response pattern in Mah-Ná Mah-Ná by Piero Umiliani is:
Call | Response | Call | Response Variation | Call | Response | Conclusive Phrase from Response & Variation |
Try to write a melody that uses this pattern. It may be a good idea to use 4 bar phrases like in the first example.
A composition of mine I have called Heal, Rise follows the same type of pattern. The conclusive phrase does now draw from the response patterns but could be considered a response to them. Here is the lead sheet:
You can listen to it here.
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