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- MUS 240C
- Course Title:
- Music Composition
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Course DescriptionCovers 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. Prerequisites: MUS 240B. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon successful completion students should be able to:
- Utilize advanced contemporary music composition techniques to create advanced-level musical works.
- Compose advanced-level musical works using ones continually developing musical language
- Foster the creative exchange of musical ideas through the use of advanced-level compositional skills.
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 instrumentalcombinations including voice(s).Reading sessions of original works by peers, faculty, and semi-professional orprofessional performers.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)
Variation techniquesTonality, modality and atonalityIntervallic cell-based composition and serialism as alternative means ofmelodic/harmonic organizationBasic orchestration and idiomatic instrumental/vocal writingMelodic transformation and development techniquePolyphony contrapuntal and imitative proceduresNon-tertian harmony and synthetic melodic materialsWriting for the voice - selecting and setting textIndeterminancy in performance and music compositionGraphic notation and scoresExtended instrumental and vocal technique