Theory of Composition 6

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
186TS6 ZK 2 2 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

The student understands the concepts discussed and can integrate them into appropriate conceptual structures. He/she is well-oriented in the paradigm discussed, understands its specific features and connections to traditional composition, knows the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches discussed, and is thus prepared 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 objective:

This course introduces students to selected concepts related to the paradigm shift in music composition after 1950. The approaches of specific composers are discussed under the given headings. Critical readings of original texts and discussion are an essential part of the study.

Thematic areas:

Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

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

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

LIGETI, György. Metamorphoses of Musical Form. Die Reihe 7 (english edition): Form-Space. London: Bryn Mawr, Universal Edition, 1965, s. 5-19.

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

Reccomended bibliography:

Contemporary Music Review. 26/2. Taylor and Francis, 2007.

IDDON, M. New Music at Darmstadt : Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-1-107-03329-0.

JAKELSKI, Lisa. Making new music in Cold War Poland : the Warsaw Atumn Festival, 1956 - 1968. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2017. ISBN 978-0-520-29254-3.

Assessment methods and criteria

An oral examination in which the student demonstrates knowledge of the material specified in the course annotation. 70 % essay on the topic given by the examiner, 30 % additional questions from the material covered during the semester.

There is no minimum attendance requirement.



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

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