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Survey: sketches and music composition (2)

Dec 11 2006 | 5:28 pm

Dear maxers,

Many thanks to those who replied to my questionnaire.

I would appreciate more participation, so if you did not fill the questionnaire, please take 5 minutes to do so. In particular, I would like to determine whether sketching at the early stage of a composition is a common practice or not. Therefore, if you DON’T sketch before composing, please fill the questionnaire also.

Best wishes,
Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut

Please find below a questionnaire on composition practices. This survey
is meant to study the relation between notation and composition,
focusing in particular on the sketches drawn at the early stage of a
composition. If you do draw sketches before composing a piece, you are
kindly invited to send them attached as an image, along with this
questionnaire. Please send your answer to this e-mail address: or fill this questionnaire on the web :

Please forward this questionnaire to any person or list interested in
the subject.

A disclaimer follows the questionnaire.

Best regards,
Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut

*Questionnaire: Sketches and Music Composition*

1 -What material did you use at the early stage of the composition ?
(i.e. pen & paper, computer, instruments,…)

2 – Where were you when you started? (at your usual desk, in your bed,

3 – What was the first representation of the piece? (a vague shape, an
organised structure, a process that has nothing to do with visuals,
…). If you don’t use representation you can go to question 6.

4 – What do you represent at this stage? (structure, melodic patterns,
rhythmic patterns, dynamics, states, events, etc.)

5 – How much details are represented at this stage?

6 – If you didn’t represent anything, how did you think of the piece?

7 – How did the piece evolve from its early stage, did the overall
structure remain or did it change?

Questionnaire Disclaimer

You have chosen to complete the Questionnaire: Sketches for music

In order to continue with this questionnaire, your consent is needed.
Please read the following information.

By agreeing to participate in this study, you the participant agree to
the following questionnaire. You understand that all information will be
kept in the strictest confidentiality and anonymity and that your
information will only be identifiable by your research identifier which
you will complete before answering any questions.

If at anytime you do not wish to complete the questionnaire then please
stop doing so.

Having completed the questionnaires you may subsequently withdraw your
information by contacting the researcher and quoting your research

You may also be asked if you would like to participate in further
research. If you agree, you will be asked to provide contact details for
yourself. This can be an e-mail address, postal address or telephone

In this situation replies will not be anonymous as the researcher will
have to use the contact medium. However, you are reassured that all
replies in this situation will be dealt with confidentially and answers
to the questions will be made anonymous as soon as possible via coding

The researcher agrees to abide by your wishes at all time, and agrees to
maintain all replies and correspondence in complete confidentiality and

Should you have any queries before proceeding please do not hesitate to
contact me. This does not oblige you to complete this questionnaire.

Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
Interaction, Media and Communication Group
Queen Mary, University of London

Tel:+44 (0)207 8825 257

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