Composition Lab

Welcome to Composition Lab, a new resource specially devised by Psappha to support music composition in schools.

Through more than 100 bitesize films presented by Charles Hazlewood we explore every orchestral instrument through five different ensembles using twenty-one of the North West's top professional musicians.

Begin your exploration in the 'learn about...' section as Charles Hazlewood guides you through music from Beethoven to Peter Maxwell Davies and styles ranging from ragtime to contemporary.  We look at how a work is composed, performances, instrumental techniques and a special interactive section, 'mix your own', in which you have the opportunity to literally mix your own version of the piece or listen to the inner lines, the choice is yours!

You can also find short programme notes and biographies of the composers as well as background information on the instrument groups written by eminent musicologist, Paul Griffiths. We also provide the tonal ranges of the instruments and manuscript paper set up for the ensembles we showcase. All of this can be downloaded as useful PDFs for further off-line use.

This new innovation is brought to you by Psappha in collaboration with Lancaster University with funds provided by the Ernest Cook Trust.

 
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