How to compose solo flute folk music?
May 6, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
I want to compose a piece of unaccompanied folk music. What do I need to know?
posted by teraspawn to Media & Arts (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I remember doing some composition when I was at school, and have a vague idea that you end on a perfect cadence, and you have other cadences sort of in the middle and so on, but no idea of what they are or why they're there. I never really understood the rules for chord progressions in multi-instrument pieces, but I suppose that is a story for another day.
At the moment, I want to write a piece (or a few pieces) of folk music for solo flute.
What are the rules when you're composing for a single instrument? Should I just start and end on the first note of the scale? Or is it more fluid than that?
I'd be really grateful for general advice, or recommendations of articles or books to read.
I'm a competent flautist with a fairly bad grasp on music theory, so please assume I need to learn everything except for how to complain and play trills.