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Composing String Music

By April 3, 2018May 2nd, 2018gifts for string music lovers

Composing music is something we spend an increasing amount of time doing. Our focus is usually string duets in their various forms.
composing string music

How do you start composing string music?

For me, the easiest way to start composing string music is to have a focused idea of a feeling you want to create, a mood you want to evoke, or a visual image. I then decide on the form of the music  – which gives a clear structure – and the key and  time signature. I have found that structure itself can be inspiring. Ternary form  and Variation form – for example – are ideal for creating short pieces of music in different moods. In  Variation form or in a Chaconne there is also given series of notes.

Trying it out

Trying out tunes on your own instrument and experimenting with harmonies on the piano is, for me, the next step. And have a good understanding of the instruments you are composing for, what sort of patterns lie under the hand most effectively, and what special effects can be achieved is also a huge help.

Some super new composed string music

The video above is an example of a beautiful string orchestral piece written by Andrew Lowe Watson – a composer and pianist I was at music school with.  It uses all the best traditions of string orchestral music and shows a deep understanding of string sound. I think it should be much better known.

We can write music for you!
custom gift sheet music for you

To find out more about how we can create you a string arrangement or compose you an original piece of music visit our  Gifts and Dedications page

We are recording more arrangements and compositions this month and they will be added to our website in May. Meanwhile the following are good examples of our work:  Lunchtime Blues, Scarborough Fair, Variations on a Christmas Carol Over the Hills

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