[Pt. III Proj.1] – Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Figured Bass ~ Optional Exercise: Copy out the first 30 bars of Dixit.
[Pt. III Proj.1] – Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Figured Bass ~ Optional Exercise: Copy out the first 30 bars of Dixit. Much is to be learned by copying out music from great scores. Throughout his career Mozart copied out the music of Bach, as indeed did Chopin. From a reputable edition, copy out the first 30 bars of Dixit by hand or onto Sibelius. The idea here is to do this in a mindful way so that you begin to absorb aspects of the compositional technique and develop your understanding of the score. Copy out the music section by section, starting with the orchestral introduction, then moving to subsequent sections which are marked by prominent cadences. In each section always begin by copying out the bass line first, then go to the vocal parts when present, beginning with the most prominent one. After that fill in the instrumental parts. Pay particular attention to how all the parts relate to the bass line and figured bass harmonies. For example, are the notes part of the chord or are they dissonances? Notice also how the parts fit with each other. Make notes to yourself as you go in writing and on the score. What stands out to you? Then briefly summarise your findings in your learning log.