1). Original Composition/Presentation

– This must be an original composition – you may not use any part of another person’s composition. No collaborations – each student must compose their own separate composition.
– Must be written on sheet music (can be printed from http://www.blanksheetmusic.net) – not plain paper with 5 lines drawn to simulate music manuscript. If it is, the assignment will not be accepted.
– Ternary: ABA
– 24 measures – A = 8 bars, B = 8 bars, A1 = 8 bars
– Must include written melody with proper rhythmic notation.
– Must include at least one non-harmonic tone i.e. note which is not in the key signature. This would be indicated by using an accidental sign (either sharp # or flat b) written before the note depending on whether it is a sharp or flat key).
– Must indicate the key signature at the beginning of the composition.
– The B section must be in a different key than the A section. An example would be the use of the relative minor key such as G MA/E min/ G MA.
– A1 must have something that is different from the original A section, for example a different chord, melody note, cadence, chord inversion, etc.
– Must include both a half cadence and a perfect authentic cadence.
– You may use jazz harmony (in addition to triads) such as 7th chords, and extensions such as 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths.
– Must indicate harmony by writing out the chords i.e. grand staff (melody in the treble clef, full chords notated in the bass clef).
– Don’t forget that you may use inversions of chords i.e. first and second inversions of triads, etc.
– Duple or triple meter may be used.
– Time signature must be indicated at the beginning of the composition.
– Rhythms must be notated correctly. If you are uncertain about rhythms, reference the examples found throughout the “Basic Musicianship Class Notes and Workbook” on D2L – located as item 1 under Unit 2. Resources
The student must perform the composition for the class in order to obtain credit for the project. You may select a partner to assist in the performance, for example, one student plays the right hand part and the other plays the left. You may use either your keyboard (provided that it has a built-in speaker and the class can hear it) or the acoustic piano in the classroom.

Sample Solution

Sample solution

Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell. 

In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.

God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.

Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.

To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.



Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.

Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies4(8), 487.

Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.