Compositional techniques

planing | bell tones | imitation | counterpoint | pedal point | ostinato


Bell tones are exactly what you would expect them to be - a series of tones generally emulating the sound of a bell; a hard attack followed by immediate decay in sound. Brass instruments usually work best and trombones will sound better at it than trumpets; a common technique used in trombone choir music. The goal is to outline a harmony, usually ascending, with varying entrances, but usually consistent entrances. The words "Bell Tone" should be written on each part in the appropriate place and with an accent placed above the note.


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