Contrast Assignment Music Composition Assignments   William Wieland
Composition Component

Compose 3 to 5 utterly different pieces.

Begin by writing 3 to 5 completely different titles.

Contrast all music elements; timbre, texture, dynamics, rhythm, tempo and pitch (melody, harmony, range, tessitura).
 
Listening Component

Listen to a few minutes or all of Elliott Carter's Cello Concerto, then watch Elliott Carter -- The Last Interview.

Listen to and write a brief comment about each of the first 5 short movements of Elliott Carter’s 8 Etudes and a fantasy for Woodwind Quartet (1950).
I. MaestosoII. QuietlyIII. Adagio possibleIV. VivaceV. Andante
Elliott Carter - 8 Etudes and a fantasy for Woodwind Quartet (1950) part I — #1, 0:00 — #2, 1:20 — #3, 2:40 — #4, 3:50 — #5, 5:50
Elliott Carter - 8 Etudes and a Fantasy for Woodwind Quartet part II — #6, 0:15 — #7, 3:00
Elliott Carter- 8 Etudes and a Fantasy for Woodwind Quartet part III — #8, 0:10 — Fantasy, 1:55

Description by Jeremy Grimshaw (ALLMUSIC)

Description by Laura Kaufman (District5)

Etudes and a fantasy, woodwind quartet (Sketches) (The Library of Congress) Click "View 141 images in sequence."
Image 115 — early title pageImage 15 — Etude #6 (early version)
Image 116 — Etude #2Image 64 — Etude #6 (2 version)
Image 90 — Etude #3 (D major triad)Image 66 — (Final version)
Image 27 — Etude #4 (early version)Image 117 — Etude #7 (a single G)
Image 91 — Etude #4Image 103 — Etude #8
Image 92 — Etude #4 continuedImage 88 — Etude #9 (Fantasy)