Experiment with the whole tone mode
Today, during the music theory class, I taught the whole tone mode for my 9th grade students. This is the mode which doesn't have any half steps, for example C-D-E-F#-G#-A#-C.
One of the assignments was to write a single voice melody in this mode. The form of the composition had to be ternary:
Everybody in class completed their assignment (my example was the melodic solo line you can see in the above illustration) but after the class during intermission I thought I would expand it a little and arrange it for the organ.
The above picture represents the end result. The composition could have become longer (with the present piece as just Part I of the longer work - Part II could be written in some other mode) but I had to stop writing for today.
Here is the MIDI file if you want to listen to it and the PDF file for printing. Feel free to further experiment with it, expand it, practice, and play it if you find it useful.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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