Orchestration II. 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101INII2 ZK 3 24 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 7 to 12 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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Name of lecturer(s)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to think about orchestration from a variety of perspectives, and is able to use the potential of modern technology in creative ways.

Mode of study

lecture, exercises

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Knowledge at the level of the previous semester.

Course contents

Learning objectives:

This is a two-semester course that can be taken in the first or second year of study. The prerequisite is mastery of organology and advanced techniques of individual instruments, as well as the acoustic basics of orchestration.

The aim is to acquire new perspectives on orchestration as one component of complex compositional strategies. It is based on the understanding of orchestration as the art of manipulating space (whether real or virtual) through sound sounding in time. In addition, students are introduced to the use of technology to analyse sound and the application of its possibilities in musical composition.

Thematic areas:

1/ Technology and Orchestration

2/ Topics according to the needs and focus of the students

Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

KLINGBEIL, Michael Kateley. Spectral Analysis, Editing, and Resynthesis: Methods and Applications [online]. Columbia University, 2009, Retrieved at: <https://www.klingbeil.com/data/Klingbeil_Dissertation_web.pdf> [2021-12-13]

FINEBERG, Joshua. “Guide to the basic concepts and techniques of spectral music.” Contemporary Music Review 19, 2: (2000) 81–113.

Scores of analysed works

Recommended bibliography:

ADLER, Samuel. The Study of Orchestration. New York: Norton, 1989.

AUGOYARD, Jean-François – TORGUE, Henry. Sonic Experience: a Guide to Everyday Sounds. Montreal: McGill-Queens universiry Press, 2011.

DEL MAR, Norman. Anatomy of the Orchestra. London: Faber and Faber, 2009.

GIESELER, Walter – LOMBARDI, Luca – WEYER, Rolf-Dieter. Instrumentation in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts. Celle: Moeck, 1985.

RASMUSSEN, Karl Aage – LAURSEN, Lasse. The Idiomatic Orchestra [online]. 2015. [cit. 2017-10-28]. Retrieved at: http://theidiomaticorchestra.net.

SCIARRINO, Salvatore. Le figure della musica: da Beethoven a oggi. Milano: Ricordi, 1998.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the semester, the student will produce the required number of short studies on each topic. Their submission and a minimum of 70% attendance are the conditions for earning the credits. Verification of the achieved knowledge is carried out orally in the form of analysis of selected scores in terms of instrumentation and joint discussion concerning the material.

Structure of the assessment

Activity in class: 20 %

Assessment of studies: 40 %

Oral verification of knowledge: 40 %

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Further information

Course may be repeated

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans