Music theory
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Recomposing Vredenburg's 'Eighteen Little Keyboard Pieces'

The dutch composer Max Vredenburg (1904-1976), pupil of Paul Dukas and possibly of Albert Roussel, wrote the 'Achttien Kleine Klavierstukken' ('Eighteen Little Keyboard Pieces'), where he shows an astonishing craftmanship as a pedagogical composer.

Very interesting in the 'Eighteen Little Keyboard Pieces' is a form of bitonality: in each piece Vredenburg combines two sets of five-note rows, which are varied creatively.

In this section, I use more or less a method of simulated composition and will recompose pieces of Vredenburg's 'Eighteen Little Keyboard Pieces'. Simulated composition is a very useful analytical tool, for it uncovers principles of the creative process that really matter; principles which get lost in a purely disintegrated analysis.

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1. no. 5inversion, voice exchange, speeding upView PDFDownload MP3
2. no. 7prolonging an intervalView PDFDownload MP3
3. no. 10accompanimentView PDFDownload MP3
4. no. 14heterophony, voice leadingView PDFDownload MP3
5. no. 17rhythmic augmentation, diminution; ostinatoView PDFDownload MP3