Music Analysis for Composers 6

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186SSPS6 exam 2 2 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English, Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

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

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Course contents

Learning objectives:

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

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Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

BERNARD, Jonathan W. The Evolution of Elliott Carter's Rhythmic Practice. Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Summer, 1988), pp. 164-203.

CAGE, John. Silence. Praha: tranzitdispay, 2010.

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

Graficke partitury a koncepty : Graphic scores and concepts. Praha: Audio ego, 1996.

LONDON, Justin. Hearing in Time : Psychological Aspects of Musical Meter. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

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

XENAKIS, Iannis. Formalized music. Hillsdale: Pendragon Press, 1992.

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.

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

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

Assessment methods and criteria

The final grade is determined by active participation in the lessons and a 30-minute presentation of an independently prepared comprehensive analysis of a composition corresponding to the discussed material (the student will provide a score, a recording and an analytical diagram, which he/she will present for discussion (40 %).

The examination consists of a defence of a written version of the independent analysis, with the corrections resulting from the discussion during the presentation incorporated (60 %).

Compulsory attendance: 80 %.



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer 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

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