S1E3: Creating Balanced, Contrasting Programs

A great program, like a memorable meal, has variety and balance.

Elements to consider when creating balance and contrast

  • Style
  • Duration
  • Tempo
  • Key
  • Historical Period
  • Form
  • Volume/Dynamic
  • Technical Variety
  • Emotional Content
  • Narrative Content

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Strategies for selecting a balanced program

  • Starting with a key piece
  • Filling slots by genre

Action Steps

  1. Select one key piece you'd like to program. Select two more pieces that balance and contrast with it, using the criteria discussed.
  2. Find and listen to two pieces for your ensemble by composers you've never heard before

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