Theory of Composition 3

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
186TS3 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Recognition of basic theory works of the past and mainly of the present related to the analysis of music works and music compositions.

Mode of study

Lectures and analyses of presented works. Students´ home study directed by instructor.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Regular participation in lessons and active participation in discussions. Study of assigned study literature for the final test.

Course contents

Golden section, Fibonacci series.

Symmetry, interval cycles.

Tone groups, classification and use.

Dissonant characteristics, chord combinations.

Imaginary tone.

Basic concepts of kinetics.

Recommended or required reading

Forte, Allen. The structure of atonal music. London: Yale University Press, 1973.

Fraser, J. T. Time and Time Again: Reports From a Boundary of the Universe. Leiden : Brill, 2007.

Grisey, G. Tempus ex Machina: A composer's reflections on musical time. Contemporary Music Review, 1987, vol 2:1, s. 239 — 275.

Hasty, Ch. F. Meter as rhythm. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.

Janeček, Karel. Základy moderní harmonie. Praha: Československá akademie věd, 1965.

Krebs, H. Fantasy pieces : metrical dissonance in the music of Robert Schumann. New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.

Lendvai, Ernő. Béla Bartók : an Analysis of his Music. London : Kahn & Averill, 1971, ISBN: 1-871082-75-7

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

Pearsall, Edward. Twentieth-century music theory and practice. New York : Routledge 2012

Piňos, Alois. Co je ve hře? : otázky uspořádání hudebního materiálu v soudobé skladbě. Brno : Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně, 2008.

Piňos, Alois. Tónové skupiny. Praha : Supraphon, 1971.

Tichý, V. Úvod do studia hudební kinetiky. Praha: HAMU, 1992.

Snyder, B. Music and Memory: An Introduction. Cambridge : MIT Press, 2000.

Susanni, Paolo, Antokoletz, Elliott. Music and twentieth-century tonality : harmonic progression based on modality and the interval cycles. New York : Routledge 2012. ISBN: 978-1-138-79350-7

Assessment methods and criteria

The credits are obtained based on the final test.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 2057
Učebna 2057

(Lichenštejnský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 13:40–15:10 Iva OPLIŠTILOVÁ Učebna 2057
Lichenštejnský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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