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Jan. 10, 2017
Two other compositional tools used by composers to help generate new material for their next composition and help develop all of the musical potential inherent in a melodic line are retrograde and retrograde inversion [See blog, Inversion]. When a melody is written or played backwards, note for note, value for value, starting with the last note, we have it in reverse; this is called retrograde (photo). When the inversion of a melody is played backwards the same way we have it in reverse as well, and it's called retrograde-inversion. These are among several time-honored compositional tools that can be applied to virtually any style of music.