Composition Technique Fundamentals 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
186ZST1 Z 1 1T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Exercises with the aim to expand, improve and develop composition skills in working with music.

Mode of study

Students are gradually introduced to the fundamentals of composition technique. For each presented and explained problem, the instructor assigns the creation of a small exercise - etude. Generally applied methods will be gradually discussed: tectonic exercises, basic instrumentation exercises. Also to be developed is the practice of assignements: tone material organization in a dodecaphonic exercise, horizontal and vertical tone organization, contemporary modality exercises, meter-rhythmic exercises, creating a tectonic structure and etc...

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Written completion of a composition etudes according to instructor assignment.

Course contents

Exercises in composition techniques for non-composers. General tectonic exercises, basic instrumentation exercises, tone material organization in dodecaphonics, horizontal and veritical tone organization, exercises in new era modalities, meter-rhythmic exercises, creation of tectonic structures from assignement and individual level of student maturity

Recommended or required reading

HŮLA, Zdeněk: Nauka o harmonii, SNKLU, Praha 1956

HŮLA, Zdeněk: Nauka o kontrapunktu. Editio Supraphon, Praha 1985

IŠTVAN, Miloslav: Metoda montáže izolovaných prvků v hudbě, Panton Praha 1973

JANEČEK, Karel: Hudební formy. SNKLHU, Praha 1955

JANEČEK, Karel: Základy moderní harmonie. Nakladatelství ČSAV, Praha 1965

LOUDOVÁ, Ivana: Moderní notace a její interpretace, Nakladatelství AMU,Praha 1998

Výběr staví ze sborníků Nové cesty hudby, Sborník studií o novodobých skladebných směrech a vědeckých pohledech na hudbu, SVH, Praha 1964, Editio Supraphon, Praha ? Bratislava 1970

Orchestrace jako proces, sborník studií Katedry skladby HAMU, Praha 2010

RYCHLÍK, Jan, Moderní Instrumentace, Panton Praha 1968

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on student activity and results from the completed etude assignment.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room TR1-4033
Učebna 4033 (HAMU-Tržiště 18)

(Tržiště 18, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 09:25–10:10 Tomáš REINDL Učebna 4033 (HAMU-Tržiště 18)
Tržiště 18, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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