Laney College



Many members of our community are active composer/arrangers. Composing requires a wide knowledge of music: Musicianship, Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Orchestration, Conducting and much more. Special topics related to composing are offered from time to time. Notes for those students will be posted here.

An Overview of the Composition Process

Species 1, two-voice counterpoint page

Species 1, lecture video

Species 2, two-voice counterpoint page

Species 2, lecture

Famous Theme and Variations:

Goldberg Variations (Bach), Goldberg Variations Score

“Twinkle Twinkle” Variations (Mozart), Twinkle Twinkle Variations Score

Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Brahms), Brahms Variations

Paganini Variations (Rachmaninov)

Variations for Orchestra (Schoenberg)

Hubble” (Reager)

Theme and Variations Lecture

Rhythm and Time:

Gregorian Chant

Rite of Spring

Rejoice In the Lamb

Bach, WTC Book 1, #3

Messiaen, Visions of “Amen”

Ligeti, Atmospheres

Resources for Composers:

Composer’s Ink

American Composer’s Forum