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"cadence"-like chord progressions in modal music?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gav Brown Sep 28, 2014. 29 Replies

In many modern compositions, composers like to incorporate elements from modal music, and to my ears at least, it often sounds very surprising/refreshing. As far as I know (and I may be wrong ;) ),…Continue


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I'm an engineer with a passion for software and music. I like to write music (both traditional and experimental things) and I play some piano. I get my inspiration from different things, but poetry is an all-time favorite. Feel free to visit one of my music related web pages:

* music blog a touch of music

* my youtube page featuring some of my compositions (or see the videos grouped by topic)

* my soundcloud profile mostly overlaps with my youtube page, but contains some extras

Here's some music related software I use:

* lilypond, a free music engraving tool delivering outstanding quality

* music21, the free toolkit for computer-aided musicology (from MIT)

* supercollider, a free real-time environment for algorithmic composition and sound synthesis

* ardour 3, a free digital audio workstation

And finally, here's an example of music I've written (and I'm happy with) based on the poem "Twilight" by Samuel Menashe:

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At 10:02am on February 13, 2018, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Stefaan!  I hope you will have a wonderful year.

At 7:13pm on February 13, 2017, Harmonia said…

Wow, another year has passed.  Happy Birthday to a great composer and great writer.

At 9:31pm on February 13, 2016, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Stefaan!  I hope your day has been special.

At 3:29pm on February 13, 2015, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday to our good friend and contributor Stefaan Himpe - always full of brilliant ideas and new music.  Hope today is memorable, Stefaan!

At 12:29pm on February 13, 2014, Harmonia said…

Happy Birthday, Stefaan!  Have a great day today.

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* Olivier Messiaen's modes of limited transposition

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 6:30pm 7 Comments

After starting a discussion on cadences in modal music on, the subject at some point turned into a discussion of elements of the musical language of Olivier Messiaen (notably his "modes of limited transposition").

After listening to and reading a bit about Messiaen's musical language I was intrigued enough to try and find out why and how his modes work so well with us, the listeners. I wanted to see if there are some things about his modes that are not present in…


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