Melodia: A Course in Sight Singing

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In 200 pages and over 1500 one- and two-part melodious exercises, students are led from the simplest of scales to the most complex music a choir is likely to encounter in traditional music.

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By Samuel W. Cole & Leo R. Lewis

In 200 pages and over 1500 one- and two-part melodious exercises, students are led from the simplest of scales to the most complex music a choir is likely to encounter in traditional music.

Since the complete series is too large for a single download, if you are ordering the full set, select Books 1-4.

Series 1: 424 unison diatonic exercises in stepwise melody. Treble and Bass clefs. All major keys to B and Db inclusive. All representations of notes and rests of whole-beat length and multiples thereof. Elementary presentation of the divided beat. (20 pages)

Series 2: 119 two-part diatonic exercises in stepwise melody. Keys to B and Db inclusive. All representations of notes as in 1st series, with greater variety and length of rests. The divided beat in fuller presentation. (20 pages)

Series 3: 255 unison exercises in stepwise melody in all keys. Graded presentation of all chromatic tones, except 2b and 5b. Development of the minor, the dotted not involving division of the beat, triple and quadruple division of the beat

Series 4: 85 extended two-part exercises in stepwise melody in all keys. Chromatic tones, modulatory and ornamental. Development of incidental and extended modulation. Syncopation. Mingling of double and triple divisions of the beat. (20 pages)

Series 5: 263 unison exercises. systematic treatment of intervals, beginning with the larger. Skips to and from chromatic tones having obvious key relationship. The commoner augmented and diminished intervals. (20 pages)

Series 6: 90 extended two-part exercises embodying all intervals treated in the Fifth series. More elaborate development of rhythmic difficulties, especially syncopation. Lengthy solfeggi from German, French and English sources. Canon and Fugue. (30 pages)

Series 7: 137 unison exercises. Systematic treatment of skips to, from, and between chromatic tones. Introductory study of passages whose chromatics "deny" the signature. Advanced solfeggi from foreign sources. Specimen difficulties, without text, from the classics. (20 pages)

Series 8: 21 extended two-part exercises, involving all the difficulties treated in the Seventh series and fully reviewing the rhythmic problems earlier treated. Maximum difficulties of mediated modulation. Special studies in the development of independence of the parts. (10 pages)

Series 9: 67 extended unison exercises. Typical passages from early and recent composers, with text, ranging from medium to great difficulty. Full exposition of chromatics which "deny" the signature. Arbitrary changes of tonality. (16 pages)

Series 10: 31 extended two-part exercises with text. Representative excerpts from major composers, with a few new exercises, embodying maximum difficulties of pitch and rhythm, as well as the utmost independence of parts. (14 pages)

Series 11: 16 extended two-part exercises, partly with and partly without text in Church Modes: Aeolian, Dorian, Ionian, Mixolydian, and Phrygian. Canonic imitation, strict and free, in other intervals than those of the octave. (10 pages)

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Composer Samuel W. Cole & Leo R. Lewis