Notes on Composing Contras by Al Olson

Notes on Composing Contras PDF

These handwritten notes from 1988 were scanned from a copy of the original at 300 dpi and converted to PDF (with help from Martha Edwards). They are posted with permission from Al Olson. Topics include -

    A Brief History of Contra Dance
    Why Compose Contras?
    Prerequisites for Composing Contras
    Sources of Ideas for Your Contras
    Diagramming Your Dance
    Concepts for Composers
    Random Thoughts for Composers
    A Bad Contra
    Some Trends in Contra
    In Parting

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