1-4 players. Your challenge is to create the most beautiful melody possible – using only three pitches of your choice.
Pitches may be repeated at will or played in any register.
With two players, players should decide if pitches chosen may overlap or are exclusive.
An example of exclusive pitch choice using the C scale only might be:
Player 1: CEA
Player 2: DFG
With three players, there will necessarily be some overlap. Example:
Player 1: CGA
Player 2: DEF
Player 3: CEB
With four players, there will be even more overlap. Example:
Player 1: CDF
Player 2: DGB
Player 3: CAB
Player 4: EFA
Players may choose in each case to either relate to each other (listen, imitate, interact) or play independently.
Hint: Vary timbre, articulation, dynamics, note length; don’t forget to add silences.
As with almost every game, percussion may be added by an extra player or two.
Variation 1: Use four pitches.
Variation 2: Choose pitches from the full chromatic scale. Try both overlap and nonoverlap versions. Perform an experiment: is it easier to create a beautiful piece using overlapping or nonoverlapping pitch choices?