Music Direction 8

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171HR8 ZK 13 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

  1. To create a comprehensive idea of a music director's tasks in the recording, editing and final process of a music recording.
  2. Further develop skills in analysing artists' performance.
  3. Further develop skills in analysing the sound quality of a music recording.
  4. To expand knowledge of music literature in releation to the characteristic markings of historical styles and composition techniques of contemporary music.
  5. Introduction to the development and basic technical principles of sound recording.

Mode of study

Presentation regarding issues in sound recording and the work of the music director in the studio, the various aspects of this activty (ex: the recorded music genre, historical music, modern music, etc, other psychological aspects of musical director work, etc.)

Listening to recordings, analysis of musical performance and recording sound treatment. Comparison of various interpretations and discussions about them.

Student performance analyses in the „Practice in the Studio“ course.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Listening ability. Extensive knowledge of music theory (harmony, counterpoint, music form, instrument study). Ability to analyse a work of music. Presumed knowledge of the content from the previous year of study.

Course contents

Lecture section

  1. Particular tasks of the music director during recording
  2. Differentiation of working processes related to type of music recorded.
  3. Editing of a music recording - working processes
  4. Development of editing technology
  5. Aesthetic aspects of music recordings editing assembly

Class section

  1. Performance analysis of significant recordings, analysis of their sound concept (space acoustical characteristics, measure of reverb, manner of recording, presence or absence, etc.) Discussion.
  2. Comparison of various recordings of the same music, analysis of recording peformance and sound concept. Discussion
  3. Analysis and discussion over student performance in the Studio Practice course.

Recommended or required reading

Music recordings (CD, DVD,LP, cassette).

  1. Key recordings of Czech chamber, symphonic and opera music (ex. Smetana: Má vlast - Talich, Ančerl, Neumann, Smetáček, Bělohlávek, Kubelík, etc.)
  2. Important recordings of world music (ex.. historically scholarly recordings of J.E. Gardiner - Mozart: Koncerty pro klavír, Beethoven: Symfonie etc.).

Accompanying notation material


Jaroslav Rybář: Hudební režie

Instruction texts dealing with issues in recording classical music and music direction. (This text does not currently have the official textbook form for the Music Direction course)



Václav Syrový: Akustika

Václav Vlachý: Praxe zvukové techniky

Ladislav Šíp: Nahrávání a reprodukovaná hudba

Ladislav Šíp: Pěvci před mikrofonem

Václav Zamazal: Hudební nástroje před mikrofonem

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on these criteria:

  1. Overall participation in class discussions
  2. A completed semester course paper (analysis of the performance and sound concept of a recording) and the presentation of this in class.
  3. A written complete review of at least two concerts or opera performances attended.
  4. Sitting of the oral year's exam over the course lectures.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

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Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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