Chamber Music 9

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
198KH9 credit 4 2 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 82 to 102 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student realizes music at a high professional level (technically and interpretatively masterful expression), expresses his/her own artistic concepts at the level of a developed musical personality.

Develops, presents and implements artistic programs that are coherent and appropriate for a variety of contexts.

Possesses the ability to listen, collaborate, express opinions constructively, and prioritises common interest over the assertion of one's own opinion.

Has a high level of appropriate presentation and communication skills in all aspects of their practice and activities.

Publicly presents a high quality artistic performance as a chamber musician.

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Course contents

Learning objectives:

In Chamber Music 9, students create chamber ensembles of varying composition or continue to play in ensembles created in previous studies, with a preference for piano trio, string quartet, wind quintet, or brass ensemble, though other combinations of instruments are possible. The goal of the course is to produce chamber music of high artistic quality and expressive maturity. The focus is on developing a common musical, articulatory and rhythmic sense, intonation, harmony, intercommunication, a balanced ensemble sound, and creating a common musical concept of the piece.

Thematic areas:

The following skills are reinforced through the rehearsal of selected repertoire:

  1. Unified artistic expression in the interpretation of a work
  2. Types of communication when playing in a chamber ensemble
  3. Structuring chamber ensemble rehearsals
  4. Principles of public presentation of artistic performance as a chamber musician
  5. Effective strategies for conducting chamber ensemble rehearsals
  6. Critical aural analysis of accessible recordings of the piece under study performed by other performers

Recommended or required reading

Students continue to become familiar with other chamber works by Viennese classical composers (J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven), Czech composers (B. Smetana, A. Dvořák, L. Janáček, B. Martinů, V. Novák, V. Sommer), world-renowned composers (F. Schubert, J. Brahms, M. Ravel, B. Bartók, D. Shostakovich, etc.), prominent representatives of Baroque music (J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, G. P. Telemann) and contemporary works, always depending on the individual composition of the ensemble and the availability of arrangements of works by these authors, e.g. for brass ensembles. Attention is also paid to the repertoire required for various chamber music competitions at national and international levels.

Individual creative initiative of the student is assumed in the choice of repertoire. Due to the variety of chamber ensembles assembled, the possibilities of choosing pieces to perform are considerable. Therefore, the following list is only an example of the literature options for the major types of chamber ensembles:

Piano Trio:

DVORAK, Antonín. Dumky Op. 90

Bärenreiter, ISMN 9790260107151

String Quartet:

SMETANA, Bedřich. String Quartet No. 1 in E minor

Bärenreiter, ISMN 9790260102842

Wind Quintet:

FOERSTER, Josef Bohuslav. Quintet Op. 95. Prague: Hudební matice, 1925.

For brass:

LUKÁŠ, Zdeněk. Partita alla Fanfare Op. 271

Musikverlag Rundel 1996, Nr. 5229

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit examination is awarded on the basis of active participation in professional exercises, rehearsal and presentation of a chamber composition and participation in a survey examination. Compulsory attendance - at least 80%.



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