Brief 1

“Compose a melody in the minor key for a wind instrument with an accompaniment based on the pattern AABA. The melody should be suitable to be performed in a theatrical production about the history of Tryweryn, the Welsh valley which was drowned to form a dam.”

The minor key is used to convey sad emotions, although other elements too can contribute to create the appropriate atmosphere: tempo, rhythm, key and accompaniment.

Here are some links to examples of renowned sad melodies you could listen to before commencing work on your own original piece:

(clarinet section – 01:06)

(voice melody – 00:35)

Make notes about what you believe creates a sad atmosphere in the above examples.