Honors Threefold Amen (Print with a computer.) MUS 111 Schedule   William Wieland
This composition would be excellent for your e-portfolio or grad school application.
A threefold amen is sung in many Christian churches. It is simply the word "amen" sung three times. In this case "amen" does not mean plagal cadence, but a threefold amen may include one.
For this assignment, compose on 2 staves (treble and bass) for an SATB ensemble in any key. Follow the Writing Rules. The Part Writing Tips may also be helpful.
1st Amen a Tonic Prolongation

2nd Amen Modulate to a new key. Begin with a chord that is common to both your original key and your new key. Choose subsequent chords based upon The Tree of Harmony in the new key. End in the new key with an authentic cadence (See Harmonic Cadences.)

3rd Amen Modulate back to the original key. Begin with a chord that is common to both your new key and your original key, then use Predominant Dominant Tonic chords in the original key. End in the original key with a perfect authentic cadence (See Harmonic Cadences.)
When the chord progression is wonderful, please improve the rhythm and melody. Finally, add a few nonharmonic tones and identify them. Please see Nonharmonic Tones. Remember the more nonharmonic tones you add, the more likely I will find errors and deduct points. When everything is beautiful, add the lyrics (A-men, a-men, a-men.) and turn it in. We will sing these in class.

PrintMusic Tips:
  • Use a piano staff to save space. We will sight read these in class.
  • Use layers. In the lower left, click on 1 or 2.
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    • Layer 1 – Soprano and Tenor – Stems Up – Black Notes
    • Layer 2 – Alto and Bass – Stems Down – Red Notes
  • Delete extra empty measures.
  • Add A-men, a-men, a-men. with the Lyrics Tool. (It looks like a quill and inkwell.)
GRADING RUBRIC You begin with 95 points and I make deductions as follows:

95 points I receive nothing before the final exam.

45 points I receive only a rough draft.
10 points if
  • the rough draft is late,
  • the revised composition is late or
  • the final cadence is not authentic.
6 points if
  • the first amen is not a tonic prolongation,
  • the second amen is a perfect authentic cadence or
  • the final cadence is imperfect authentic.
3 points
  • for each incorrect pitch.
  • for each triad missing a 3rd.
  • for more than a P8 between S/A or A/T.
  • each time the alto or tenor do not move to the nearest note.
  • for each instance of perfect parallel motion.
  • if 7 does not go to 8 in an authentic cadence. (Inner voices may go 7 to 5.)
  • if 4 does not go to 3 in an authentic cadence.
  • for a 7th chord whose 7th does not resolve down by step.
  • if an active tone is doubled. (Active tones are the leading tone, altered tones or 7ths of 7th chords.)
  • for each note that is extremely high or low.
  • for each incorrect use of a second inversion chord.
At the instructor's artistic discretion, your grade may be raised or lowered as many as 10 points.