Theory of Composition 5

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
186TS5 Z 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

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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

lecture, seminar

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Regular participation in classes and active participation in discussions. Studying the assigned study literature for the final test.

Course contents

Learning objectives:

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:

Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

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:

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]. Available from:

Recommended bibliography:

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: 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:

room 2057
Učebna 2057

(Liechtenstein Palace)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 12:00–13:30 Iva OPLIŠTILOVÁ Učebna 2057
Liechtenstein Palace
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans