Compositions Study for Composition 4

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186SSS4 ZK 2 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The instruction focus lies in the study and analysis of selected compositions representing the main currents of music from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

Mode of study

The most challenging course in composition analysis for composers and conductors. At the beginning of the semester the instructor prepares for the students several example analyses.  During the second half of the semester the students independently analyse a selected composition from the second half of the 20th century to the present.  General attention in analysis is devoted to the techtonic composition technique used.  Part of the course work is a comparison of procedures determined in various categories of modern music and composers.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

At the end of the year each student submits the course paper documenting in written form the results of the analytical work.  Prerequisite for attendance is completed course Compositions Study 3.

Course contents

The instruction material list originates in the course assignments for each student.  Each student is required during the semester to present at least one paper during the semester and participate in discussions over the papers of classmates and those presented by the instructor.  At the end of the year, each student submits a course paper documenting, in writing, the results of their analyses.

Recommended or required reading

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

DeLio, Thomas, Saunders Smith, Stuart. Twentieth­Century Music Scores. Englewood Cliffs, NY: Prentice Hall, 1989.

Engaging music : essays in music analysis. Ed. Stein, D. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Kostka, Stefan. Materials and techniques of twentieth­century music. New Jersey : Prentice Hall, c2006.

Laitz, Steven G. The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis, and Listening. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

LaRue, Jan. Guidelines for style analysis : expanded second edition with models for style analysis. Michigan : Harmonie Park Press, 2011.

Lester, Joel. Analytic approaches to twentieth­century music. New York: W.W. Norton, 1989.

London, J. Hearing in Time : Psychological Aspects of Musical Meter. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.

Piňos, Alois. Tone Groups. Brno : JAMU Acta musicologica et theatrologica, sv. 6, 2001. ISBN: 8085429586

Simms, Bryan R. Music of the twentieth century : an anthology. Vydáno: New Jersey : Schirmer , 1986 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Music of the twentieth century : style and structure. New Jersey : Schirmer , 1996

Tichý, Vladimír. Musical Kinetics : NAMU, 2013.

Scores and recordings of the analysed compositions.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on class participation, completion and presentation of the semester paper which the student presents in class and submits in written form.  Students sit a test which checks the knowledged acquired during the course in analyses and adoption of analytical methods.  The overall grading is comprised of 60% for class participation and 40% for the written course paper.



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