Music Analysis for Composers 5

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
186SSPS5 credit 2 2 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are able to independently identify compositional procedures in specific compositions and select appropriate analytical methods. They approach analysis in a creative manner, able to discern the composer's intentions and the interpretative demands of specific compositions.

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Course contents

Learning objectives:

To familiarise students with compositions by major composers which use modern compositional systems typical of the second half of the 20th century.

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Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

DELIO, Thomas. Twentieth century music scores. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

SIMMS, Bryan R. Music of the twentieth century: an anthology. New Jersey: Schirmer, 1986.

Music of the twentieth century: style and structure. New Jersey: Schirmer, 1996.

SKINNER, Myles. Toward a Quarter-Tone Syntax: Selected Analyses of Works by Blackwood, Hába, Ives, and Wyschnegradsky [online]. Buffalo, 2009 [cit. 2020-12-01]. Available from: Disertace. University at Buffalo.

Sheet music and recordings of the analysed compositions.

Recommended bibliography:

KOSTKA, Stefan. Materials and techniques of twentieth-century music. New Jersey : Prentice Hall, c2006.

LEEUW, Ton de. Music of the twentieth century: a study of its elements and structure. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2005

LESTER, Joel. Analytic approaches to twentieth-century music. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989.

STEIN, Deborah. Engaging music: essays in music analysis. New York Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit examination is awarded on the basis of continuous active participation in class (60 %) and an independently developed comprehensive analysis of the composition corresponding to the material discussed (40 %). The student prepares a 30-minute presentation: a score, a recording and an analytical diagram to be presented for discussion.

Compulsory attendance: 80 %



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 2057
Učebna 2057

(Liechtenstein Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 13:40–15:10 Iva OPLIŠTILOVÁ Učebna 2057
Liechtenstein Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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