When composing an original composition or adapting a pre-performed piece of music as a new arrangement, the writer must consider how to deal with “free areas,” otherwise known as: the into, the ending, and the turnarounds.
When writing an introduction, there are certain aspects – think of it as a checklist – of things that the introduction should accomplish in order to make it an affective beginning statement for your work.
Some of these aspects would be having the introduction…
- Be interesting and captivating to the audience
- Harmonically lead into the first chord of the main structure
- Function harmonically and stylistically as the main body of work
- Preview some segment of the composition for thematic continuation
Of course, these are suggestions. None of these have to be followed, but they do pose critical features for making a strong introduction. Regardless, a composition must be deliberate with everything you write – even if conventional rules are not followed.
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