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# Developing a motif

Motif

## How is the motif used?

Do you know who composed this

music?

## What is the point of developing a motif?

Why do you think our

## brains like to find

patterns in things
around us?
Why do you think it is
important to have some
variety?
How does developing a
musical motif satisfy
both of these needs?

Motif

Sequence

## How does Beethoven develop the motif?

Motif
Sometime he changes the shape slightly:

(inversion)

## How does Beethoven develop the motif?

Motif
Sometimes he extends it:

## Here are some things that Beethoven

doesnt do but you could!
Motif

Backwards =

## Stretching the rhythm = augmentation

A summary

Inversion
Inversion

Sequence
Sequence
Developing
Developing
aa motif
motif

Change
Change some
some
of
of the
the pitches
pitches

Extend
Extend itit
Change
Change the
the
rhythm
rhythm or
or
augment
augment itit

4-6 notes long
Keep the notes quite close together,

## dont leap about too much

Have an interesting rhythm
Try playing it as a sequence (repeating
it but moving it up or down in pitch each
time)

## Interval = the distance between two

notes
Count the note you are starting from as

other note, i.e.

D = 1 so B = 6

## We call this interval a sixth (not a 6!)

Intervals

because

motif to develop it
You can experiment with parallel
What is the interval
motion
between the two
notes being played
together here?

## Different intervals will sound very

dissimilar -

This sounds
completely different.
What is the interval?

Contrary motion
Contrary motion is the opposite of

parallel motion

Inversion
Inversion

Parallel
Parallel
motion
motion

Contrary
Contrary
motion
motion

Sequence
Sequence

Developing
Developing
aa motif
motif

Change
Change some
some
of
of the
the pitches
pitches

Extend
Extend itit

Change
Change the
the
rhythm
rhythm or
or
augment
augment itit

Ternary form

## Summary of the ideas you might use.

Remember to use different ones in
Section A and Section B!

Assessment
Composing

Performing

## Ternary form, with at least one

development idea used in each
section

## Clear ternary form, with a variety

of development ideas used

## Play your part with accuracy,

fitting in with others

## Clear ternary form, with an

Play your part with very good
interesting motif developed
accuracy and awareness of the
effectively using a variety of ideas other parts

## A stylish and imaginative piece,

which uses a range of ideas
effectively

## Excellent accuracy and ensemble

skills, and a sense of style

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