In this activity we will use a musical code to create a musical cryptogram melody. Inspirations include music by Bach and Boulez.
Composers sometimes create melodies using code. This is called a musical cryptogram. In this activity you will create a melody using a code. Below is a musical code:
On the top line are the note names A, B, C, D, E, F, G. All the letters in the same column take the note from the first row e.g. W = the note B and S = the note E.
Many composers have used musical cryptograms - Pierre Boulez in Dérive 1 and Bach in the Art of Fugue:
Turn your name or a friend or family member's name using the code to make a music cryptogram.
Below is an example using the name Jamie: J becomes C, A is A, M becomes F, I becomes B and E is E:
Play your name on a musical instrument. You can the use melody to create a more interesting piece of music using these ideas:
PLEASE SEND YOUR MUSIC TO firstname.lastname@example.org
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