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Introduction to Quarter Tone Composition

During the early 20th century, Western composers such as Alois Hába, Ivan Wyshnegradsky, and Charles Ives began composing quarter tone works for piano, clarinet, and voice.  Composers such as Dean Drummond and Easley Blackwood composed microtonal pieces for a variety of unique instruments, including pitched percussion, guitar, and electronic instruments.

Since then, many composers have experimented with the new melodic and harmonic possibilities quarter tonality has to offer.  There are hundreds of quarter tone pieces which have been composed for piano, voice, strings, brass, and woodwind instruments, including the saxophone.

The purpose of this book is to introduce composers to the world of 24-TET.  Quarter tonality presents new melodic and harmonic possibilities that can bring about previously unexplored textures, colors, and atmospheres to music.
Table of Contents:
  1. Introduction
  2. Scope of this Book
  3. Online Resources
  4. Repertoire
  5. Introduction to Quarter Tones
  6. Composition Medium
  7. Composition Software
  8. Important Intervals
  9. General Notes and Guidelines
  10. Quarter Tone Scales
  11. Quarter Tone Chords
  12. Deriving New Scales and Chords
  13. Quarter Tone Harmonies and Progressions
  14. Modal Composition
  15. 24 Tone Row Matrix
  16. Circle of Neutral Thirds
  17. Composing for Saxophone
  18. Composing for Clarinet
  19. Composing for Strings
  20. Composing for Guitar
  21. Composing for Piano
  22. General Guidelines for Instruments
  23. Composing for Standard Piano with Quarter Tone Instruments


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