Theory of Composition 5
|186TS5||Z||2||2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study||English, Czech||winter|
Jiří BEZDĚK, Iva OPLIŠTILOVÁ
Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student understands the systems and concepts discussed and can integrate them into appropriate conceptual structures. He/she is oriented in the discussed systems, understands their specific features, knows their advantages and disadvantages, and is thus ready to construct and reflect on his/her own compositional systems.
Mode of study
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Regular participation in classes and active participation in discussions. Studying the assigned study literature for the final test.
The course introduces students to selected areas of music theory. Within these areas, specific systems and concepts of leading theorists and composers are discussed. Critical reading of original texts and discussion are part of the study. Thematic areas:
- EDO versus JI tuning
- deriving tuning systems and their notation
- converting expressions in fractions to cents
- historical tunings
- notation of microinterval music
- types of microinterval use
- comparison of specific systems (Partch, Johnston, etc.)
- Gestalt laws (visual x audio)
- auditory illusions
Recommended or required reading
DEUTSCH, D. Grouping mechanisms in music. In D. Deutsch (Ed.). The psychology of music, 3rd Edition, 2013, 183-248, San Diego: Elsevier.
GANN, Kyle. Information on Alternate Tunings [online]. [cit. 2020-12-01]. Available from: https://www.kylegann.com/microtonality.html
PARTCH, Harry. Genesis of Music: An Account Of A Creative Work, Its Roots, And Its Fulfillments, Second Edition, Da Capo Press, Paperback, 544 pp., 1979. ISBN 0-306-80106-X. 2009: ISBN 9780786751006.
SABAT, Marc a Thomas NICHOLSON. Fundamental Principles of Just Intonation and Microtonal Composition [online]. [cit. 2020-12-01]. https://marsbat.space/pdfs/JI.pdf. Available from: https://marsbat.space/pdfs/JI.pdf
HANNINEN, Dora. A theory of music analysis : on segmentation and associative organisation. New York: University of Rochester Press, 2012.
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: https://www.tierceron.com/diss/index.php. Disertace. University at Buffalo.
Assessment methods and criteria
Credit examination is awarded on the basis of a written test. There is no minimum attendance requirement.
Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:
Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Composition-Specialization electroacoustic music (Mg) (required subject with the possibility of repeat registration)
- Composition-Specialization Film Music (Mg) (required subject with the possibility of repeat registration)
- Composition (Mg) from 2022/23 (required subject with the possibility of repeat registration)
- Composition-Specialization Composition (Mg) (required subject with the possibility of repeat registration)