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Sound Foundations

A source of reference and a guide for aspiring composers

James Rae & Mike Cornick

THIS INFORMATIVE and stimulating new volume with CD on the art and craft of composing will be welcomed by anyone who is learning to compose and is especially suitable for those taking secondary school music examinations.  A vast amount of essential information is presented in an accessible and readable style providing a practical and informative resource to meet the needs of developing composers.


  • The fundamentals of music theory, including time- and key-signatures, scales and a section to get you started in understanding harmony     
  • Explanation of the basics as well as many of the finer points of musical notation and the applications of music software     
  • A CD with over 100 recorded examples directly related to the text as well as two play-along tracks for jazz improvisation     
  • Specific tips on writing for the voice and the piano as well as a thorough survey of virtually every other instrument, including ranges and characteristics    
  • The meaning of foreign musical terms     
  • Adding dynamics, articulation and other essentials to your score     
  • More than 150 suggestions for further listening in a wide range of genres     
  • An extensive glossary of technical terms   
  • A range of inspiring compositional assignments

UE 21483   
ISBN 978-3-7024-6731-9   

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