For example, the melody of a simple Korean prayer in the center of the composition is answered by a more powerful Western statement of the same melodic theme
Each statement of the melodic theme
is separated from the next by a dense harmonic idea which serves to interrupt the forward motion of the melodic and rhythmic flow.
In my music, I wanted to reflect those powerful and conflicting emotions through a web of melodic themes
, which relentlessly repeat and constantly swing between despair and sorrow, and hope and joy," commented Korzeniowski.
The song is designed to transition into a sunnier-sounding interlude that picks up melodic themes
from the previous track.
Many pieces resemble the type of improvisations students might create themselves, with short melodic themes
to be enjoyed and finished without always developing in the traditional sense.
Two melodic themes
were repeated eight times over 340 bars.
Mark's musical arrangements have set the melodic themes
for audiences listening to everything from 100-piece orchestras written into the scores for a range of projects from independent foreign films to an array of TV commercials.
And then at a certain point some lyrical themes will start coming through, some melodic themes
, and then gradually the whole thing unveils itself before me.
That this should bring in values other than the "old-fashioned" ones of sustained melodic themes
, structure and orchestral harmony that Gereben finds so lacking - that we should instead need to listen for instrumental colors, drama, ritual and even conducted silence - is a sign that our ears are being stretched and that concert music is still a growing, vital art.