Just 25 second, that’s all. The story takes much longer to tell then the song lasts.
Simply put, in music a modulation is a change of keys. There are several main ways to do a modulation and when I was studying classical music, I studied many of them. You see, modulation is the grease that keeps classical compositions moving, that moves them from place to place, makes it a journey instead of a song form. When I was doing studies I usually did block chords with proper voice leading and such. I once did a very short study with several different types of modulations, just looking at the actual change, not the set up or anything – tonic chord -transition chord – new tonic chord – etc. It was pretty boring on its own, but was an exercise like the thousands of others I did. Literally thousands.
Later I entered a challenge to write a meaningful modern composition using 100 notes or less. I dug out the modulation exercise and wrote a quick melody for clarinet with a bassoon bass line.
Great. Skip ahead a few years to today. I wanted to make a very short demo of my modular synthesizer, or the few pieces I currently have. Digging through some printed out music I found something called “Modulations”.
So, quick lesson here: never throw anything away. You never know when you’ll use it again. And again. And, well, you get the picture…
I think this sounds like incidental music for a show aimed at very young children. Perhaps when a character moves from one activity to another. What do you think?