Polytonality can have a mysterious flavor to many composers, and it's actually not complicated. Let's look into how we can write a quick sketch using polytonality.
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I truly love polytonality because you can move in and out of different tonalities so effortlessly. And all of them sound great in whatever order! So, it's a straightforward technique that you can follow and explore some different sounds. After that, simply pick what you like best. Very often, this feels like a buffet to me where you can go through the various options and be inspired.
And this is one of the best things when you sketch. You want to do this quickly and not spend too much time figuring out what you can do. It's more efficient to stay inspired and make quick decisions based on your emotional reaction.
Author: Frank Herrlinger