If you know what a seesaw is – it is an outdoor playground ride where the changes of force on either side cause the ends to go up in down. When both sides are even, the seesaw is balanced.
You might experience a seesaw feeling when you are writing counterpoint:
- On one hand, the two melodic lines must be heard; but one cannot completely overpower or be completely in balance in volume.
- On one hand, the two melodic lines cannot be too similar in timbre where they blend in a mess; but they cannot be too distinctive where they don’t blend.
- On one hand, the two different melodic lines music be unique; but they still must work together as one whole.
My advice to you the reader is:
- Make one melodic line slightly louder than the other
- Choose instruments carefully, as to which best pair for the greater effect of the music
- And keep in mind intervals, rhythm, and motivic usage when crafting contrapuntal lines.
This could help create a balance.
Of course, this is just my advice – you are the composer, so do whatever you feel is right!
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