Advanced techniques of contemporary composition 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101PTSK2 exam 3 2 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 1 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 44 to 59 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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Name of lecturer(s)

Jan DOBIÁŠ, Jan Dřízal, Luboš MRKVIČKA


Learning objectives:

Each lesson is divided into two parts, where the first part usually involves listening and analysis of the selected score and the second part involves the discussion of the chosen topic. Instruction is supplemented by reading selected texts and their subsequent interpretation. The course aims to connect the students' existing knowledge to broader contexts. The analytical focus is mainly on compositions of the second half of the 20th century to the present. The selection of scores is not limited to Euro-American art music, but seeks to cover as wide a cultural and aesthetic range as possible (e.g. ethnic music, film and stage music, multimedia, etc.). Ample space is given to the distinctive compositional movements of contemporary music, which are discussed within the following thematic areas.

Thematic areas:

Learning outcomes

Expanding of the knowledge and context of contemporary musical production. To foster a critically rigorous but non-dogmatic perspective on various types of compositional thinking, including persuasive argumentation. Understanding of the cultural roots and conceptual starting points of the compositional aesthetics discussed and knowledge of the compositional techniques used. Ability to apply the acquired knowledge creatively.

Prerequisites and other requirements

basic information literacy, orientation with current OS


Required bibliography:

METZER, David Joel. Musical modernism at the turn of the twenty-first century. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-521-51779-9.

GRIFFITS, Paul. Modern music and after. 3rd edition. USA: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0199740505.

Scores and recordings of analysed works

Recommended bibliography:

CAGE, John. Silence: Lectures and Writings /by John Cage. Middletown, Conn: Wesleyan University Press, 1973.

SHENTON, Andrew. The Cambridge companion to Arvo Pärt. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-1-107-00989-9.

BEYER, Anders. The music of Per Nørgård: fourteen interpretative essays. Vermont: Ashgate, c1996. ISBN 978-1859283134.

SCIANNAMEO, Franco a Alessandra Carlotta PELLEGRINI. Music as dream: essays on Giacinto Scelsi. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0810884243.

HILL, Peter, ed. The Messiaen Companion. Faber & Faber, 1994. ISBN 978-0571170333.

GILMORE, Bob. Claude Vivier: a composer's life. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2014. Eastman studies in music. ISBN 978-1-58046-485-7.

KURTZ, Michael a TRANSLATED BY RICHARD TOOP. Stockhausen: a biography. Paperback ed. London: Faber and Faber, 1994. ISBN 05-711-7146-X.

SCHNITTKE, Alfred, Alexander IVASHKIN a J. D. GOODLIFFE. A Schnittke reader. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2002. Russian music studies (Bloomington, Ind.). ISBN 02-533-3818-2.

TAVENER, John a ED. BY BRIAN KEEBLE. The music of silence: a composer's testament. London: Faber and Faber, 1999. ISBN 05-712-0088-5.

WHITTALL, Arnold. Jonathan Harvey. London: Faber and Faber, 1999. ISBN 05-711-9581-4.

HARVEY, Jonathan. In quest of spirit: thoughts on music. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, c1999. Ernest Bloch lectures. ISBN 05-202-1392-0.

POTTER, Keith, Kyle GANN a PWYLL AP SIÔN. The Ashgate research companion to minimalist and postminimalist music. Burlington, VT, USA: Ashgate, 2013. ISBN 978-1409435495.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Preparation of at least one composition study based on the material discussed. Presentation of own analysis of the selected composition.

Minimum attendance: 75 %.

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Further information

Course may be repeated

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room 2019

(Liechtenstein Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 14:30–16:00 Jan DOBIÁŠ Učebna
Liechtenstein Palace

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