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Own composition of a twelve-tone waltz

► Compose a dodecaphonic waltz, at least 16 bars in Musescore. Try to get the feeling of a waltz, especially through the rhythm.

There is some help for this afterwards:
(1) What is it anyway Dodecaphony?
(2) What makes you waltz rhythmic?
(3) How to go with Musescore around?

Those who like to make their first sketches on music paper will find it here.

(1) What does Dodecaphony?

If you want to know something about this, click on Introduction to twelve-tone technique or on Analysis of a twelve-tone piano piece by Anton Webern. Without a knowledge of the basic row and row variations in twelve-tone music, this article is neither fun nor much sense.

(2) What means waltz?

Basically, a waltz is a piece of music in 3/4 or 3/8 time, with the first beat of the meter having more weight than the other two. Linguistically, this rhythm is often demonstrated for children with "rum-da-da rums-da-da" or similar syllables, in dance lessons one often suffices with "one-two-three" and in music lessons one may hear "difficult-easy-easy" ". The waltz rhythm can also be made audible with simple gestures such as "stamp-clap-clap".
In a clock structure it looks like this:

Not just the "difficult-easy-easy", but on the stress sign (the accent > over the first notes in the measure) indicates that the first beat of the meter gets more weight.

► Try out for yourself what it sounds like when you make the "stomp-clap-clap" gestures a few times one after the other. The emphasis on the first beat can be experienced through the deep, powerful sound of the stomping (as opposed to the rather high-pitched clapping).
► Say "rum-da-da" for a small child: You will almost automatically emphasize the syllable "rum". The lower vowel "u" ​​and the consonate order will do their part ;-)

This is exactly what you can hear just as well in waltz compositions.
Here's one you must know:

At The Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss.

► The introduction to the well-known topic of the Danube waltz is "much longer" than you often think. Pay close attention to the music from 1:14 onwards. What are you thinking here after seven seconds?
► At 1:39 the familiar theme begins in a waltz rhythm. Try to hear the same. If this is still difficult for you at this point, definitely not from 2:06 onwards.
► Which instruments are used to emphasize the waltz rhythm in the orchestra? Try not to listen to the melody but to the "accompaniment".

Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Daniel Baremboin:
At The Beautiful Blue Danube - Johann Strauss
Source: YouTube

This emphasis on "difficult-easy-easy" or "low-high-high" can be seen very well in waltzes composed for the piano.

Here is a very transparent waltz:

Waltz in A minor, B 150, Op. Posth, by Frédéric Chopin

► Pay attention to the left hand (i.e. the lower line of the system, with bass clef)

Waltz in A minor - Frédéric Chopin
Source: YouTube

This is not a "trademark" of Chopin, and other composers or arrangers use this type of "sub or accompaniment" when they write a waltz for piano.
You should know this waltz from advertising and films:

The Second Waltz, Op. 99 (Jazz Suite No. 2), Dmitri Schostakowitsch

Unfortunately there is no scrolling score with a better shot of it. So the midi sound ...

The Second Waltz - Dmitri Shostakovich
Arr. Raif Husicic Source: YouTube

As you can see above, the piano score is an arrangement (first picture of the video, name below the composer ;-)
The Jazz Suite by Dmitri Shostakovich is an orchestral work and actually sounds like this:

(3) What does Musescore?

Musescore is software that can be used to write and layout sheet music. Then call yourself Notation program.

→ download site
→ Explanatory video for musescore, so that initial work (composing a 12-tone waltz) will be very easy.

And let's go:

  • Build yourself a basic row and its variations (K, U, KU). Either on a sketch sheet such as music paper or in a Musescore file (maybe save this separately?)
  • Now compose a 12-tone waltz "according to all the rules of the art".
  • Have lots of fun with it!


You can use the series forms in the SongMaker write, then save as a midi file and then open / import this file in Musescore. (Right click on the saved file → open with → musescore and tadaa!)
What the SongMaker is and how it works can be found on these pages:
→ Instructions for SongMaker
→ 12-tone compositions with the SongMaker