Tip #26 – Three Ways to Develop your Parallel Period

For those that have a composition featuring a parallel period where the beginning section of the antecedent phrase mirrors exactly that of the start of the consequent phrase; this is your intervention. You don’t have to continue like this and repeat measures just to tell your listener that you are crafting a parallel period.

Whiling deriving the consequent phrase by exact identity to that of the antecedent is a sure way of getting a parallel period, there are other ways. Try transposing the opening subject and motifs up/down in transposition.

Another way is by extra embellishment to the lines.

Finally, the notes as well as the intervals of the figures can change, but keep the same contour, shape, and rhythm. The listener will still be able to tell the similarity from these kept variable aspects of the melodic line.

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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