Music compose editor software

USER INTERFACE.

NEW COMPOSITION CREATION DIALOG BOX.

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'New' Dialog allows to define the Key, the Motive type, the Temp, the Meter, and the structure of the new composition.

 Figure 1.

The table below describes each control item in the Figure 1.

This combo box defines the mode of the new composition. You can choose between Major or Minor (harmonic) modes. Combo box below is filled in accord with the chosen mode by either major or minor keys. Switching from the major to minor or from the minor to major changes the key from chosen to corresponding parallel minor or major key.
This combo box defines the key of the new composition. It’s filled by either major or minor keys in accord with the mode chosen in the combo box above. The first in the list are all flat keys, then Cmaj / Amin and the last are all sharp keys. List order corresponds to the circle of fifths. Melody key is defined in this dialog only and cannot be further changed. Title consists of the following parts: key letter – capital letters (C, A, E and etc) for major keys, small letters for minor keys, key sign if it is present – ‘es(s)’ for flat and ‘is’ for sharp, mode name – ‘dur’ for the major mode and ‘moll’ for the minor mode.
This list allows to choose the motive type of the new composition. Possible values are Iamb, Choree, Amphibrach. Motive type of the composition being created can be defined in this dialog only and cannot be further changed.
This picture represents graphically the motive type and helps to understand the distinctive features of each motive type.
If the Iamb motive type is chosen this combo box allows to define the up-beat note duration as the Iamb ends on the up-beat. For Amphibrach motive type this combo box allows to define the duration of the off-beat. For Choree motive type this combo box is not used.
This combo box defines the temp of melody being created. The list consists of several templates: 'Wide', 'Slowly', 'Unhurriedly', 'Moderately', 'Reservedly', 'Animatedly', 'Fast'. You can define the temp more accurately with SpinEdit control on the right. Both controls are linked – changing the temp template changes the temp value in the right control.
This control allows to define the temp numeric value within the range of 50 – 150. It’s linked with the list on the left – changing the temp value changes the temp template to the nearest corresponding value.
This combo box defines the metric signature of a composition.

 Figure 2.

The table below describes each control item in the Figure 2.

Period Structure Templates. This Combo box contains templates which define the period structure. Structure being chosen can be changed with controls of the 'Period Structure' group panel.
Letter Schemes. From this Combo box you can choose letter scheme for phrases that form a sentence and a period. This scheme is used for convenience and doesn’t restrict users in anything. The scheme reflects in the 'Navigation tree' in the left of the main window. If you choose the scheme from the Combo box it is automatically applied to the current period structure.
Apply. This button applies the chosen letter scheme from the 'Letter Schemes' field to the period structure being editing.
Sentences. This list contains all period sentences. Structure of the selected sentence is shown in the 'Phrases' list from the right. Buttons 'Add', 'Delete', 'Move Up', 'Move Down' are enabled or disabled depending on the count of sentences and the selected item order number. A period usually consists of 2-3 sentences, therefore the list cannot have more than three items.
Add and Delete buttons. Button 'Add' adds a new sentence to the list 'Sentences'. It is enabled if the list items are less then three. Button 'Delete' deletes the selected sentence from the list 'Sentences'. It is enabled if the list items are more than one.
Buttons Move Up and Move Down. These buttons allow to move the selected sentence up or down in the list. Button 'Move Up' is disabled if the selected sentence is the first in the list. Button 'Move Down' is disabled if the selected sentence is the last in the list.
Phrases. This list contains the phrases the selected sentence consists of. The list cannot contain more than three items. Every phrase is defined by letter. This letter defines the phrase character relatively to the other phrases of the period. Number in the braces is the motives count in the phrase.
Add and Delete buttons. 'Add' button adds a new phrase to the list 'Phrases'. This button is disabled if the list contains three items. Button 'Delete' deletes the selected phrase in the list. This button is disabled if the list contains only one phrase.
Buttons Move Up and Move Down. These buttons allow move the selected phrase up or down in the list. Button 'Move Up' disabled if the selected phrase is the first in the list. Button 'Move Down' is disabled if the selected phrase is the last in the list.
Motive Count and Phrase Letter. The Combo boxes Motive Count and Phrase letter are filled by the values in accordance with the phrase selected in the ‘Phrase’ list. Combo box ‘Motive count’ defines the motive count (maximum three) that the selected phrase consists of. Combo box ‘Phrase Letter’ allows to choose the letter that schematically defines the phrase character.
Period Structure. This edit field is always disabled. All changes of controls in the group panel 'Period Structure' automatically change the content of this field. The field shows the resultant structure of composition being created.

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