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Conclusion

The challenge that’s unique to acoustic composition is learning to understand and appreciate each instrument you’re writing for. Just like how each person you meet is a unique individual with varying strengths and weaknesses, every instrument in an ensemble is a world unto itself. Some composers spend their entire career only composing for a few select instruments, while others have a diverse catalogue. It’s up to you as a composer to decide what you want to compose for.

Composition Assignment

Research the instrumentation of common small chamber ensembles. Choose one that you would like to compose an original piece for. Sketch 3 melodic ideas that are idiomatically correct for your instrumentation.