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- MUS 240B
- Course Title:
- Music Composition
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Covers music composition with focus on 20th and 21st century compositional techniques and materials. Includes composition of chamber and concert works with the goal of compiling a portfolio of original works. Prerequisite: MUS 240A. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Utilize intermediate?level contemporary music composition techniques to create intermediate-level
Compose intermediate?level musical works using one’s continually developing personal musical
Foster the creative exchange of musical ideas through the use of intermediate?level compositional
Course Activities and Design
Score and part preparation and proofing.
Completion of a work from conception to performance.
Improvisation as means of generating of musical ideas.
Analysis of masterworks in variety of genres and styles (esempii classici).
Transcription and/or arranging of preexisting works.
Balancing unity, variety and form.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Portfolio of professionally prepared original scores for a variety of instrumental
combinations including voice(s).
Reading sessions of original works by peers, faculty, and semi-professional or
One-on-one instructor/student conferences.
Participation in written and oral peer review and evaluation.
Written quantitative/qualitative examination.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Tonality, modality and atonality
Intervallic cell-based composition and serialism as alternative means of
Basic orchestration and idiomatic instrumental/vocal writing
Melodic transformation and development technique
Polyphony – contrapuntal and imitative procedures
Non-tertian harmony and synthetic melodic materials
Writing for the voice - selecting and setting text
Indeterminancy in performance and music composition
Graphic notation and scores
Extended instrumental and vocal technique