Here is an example of some fusion music:
Open this file: les-hommes
It is the melody from a piece of Mozart. You’ll see that bars 1-4 (up to the double bar line) is section A. After the double bar line starts a new section for four bars. After that in bar 9 section A is repeated but an octave higher.
With the repeat marks at bar 4 you might write the structure like this:
AABABA – (without the repeat marks it would like this: ABA). This makes the structure Ternary.
Here are some PowerPoint presentations that were done by some year 10 students. They are not COMPLETLY accurate (note the banjo slide) but are good to refresh you memory. Here’s the link:
The use of Cells is a popular musical composing technique for minimalist composers (as well as some experimental composers). The idea is that instead of using bars, composers use cells. These cells are repeated throughout a piece of music to create different textures, melodies and rhythms. The most famous piece of music that uses cells is called “In C” by Terry Riley. In this piece Riley uses a number of cells and instructs the performers to repeat them as many times as they want to before moving on to the next cell
Here is a performance of “In C”
A canon is a device used by composers to create a contrapuntal texture. (contrapuntal just means that the melodies work in contrast to each other). The most famouse canon is probably “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.Composers through the ages have used this device to create textured music and will often apply their own style (or the style of the era). For example, you can hear canons in 18th century Baroque Music as well as 20th century minimalist music.