- Class Number 2870
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Christopher Sainsbury
- Dr Christopher Sainsbury
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course addresses skills required to compose music for small standard combinations including: choir, piano plus two, and for saxophone quartet, contemporary rock and jazz groups. Working with these standard combinations focuses on the development of essential four-part writing technique (homophonic and polyphonic). Related to these creative tasks students will be guided in analysis of pieces from a range of genres, styles and cultures with reference to: scales and series, harmony and form, counterpoint and texture, orchestration – composing with colours.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand compositional and orchestration techniques involved in writing for four independent voices (i.e. linear instrumental or vocal parts);
- analyse compositions using four independent voices;
- create original compositions for four independent voices; and
- communicate key decisions taken during the creative process through an exegesis.
This semester the aspects of composing art song, for small ensembles, and the investigation of Indigenous music will draw upon the lecturer's research expertise relating to current or recent projects. Together we will unpack some of the technical and expressive aspects and cultural contexts of select repertoire and composers, broadening out of an overly Western paradigm.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Manuscript, pencils, erasers, relevant notation software and computer, access to scores.
* Relevant Orchestration texts (Stiller, Lovelock, Keenan, Solomon, Piston, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mancini, others)
* Robert P. Morgan Anthology of Twentieth Century Music (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., 1992)
* Paul Griffiths Modern Music and After (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)
* Robert P. Morgan (ed) Anthology of Twentieth-century Music (New York: WW Norton and Company Inc, 1992).
*Arnold Whittall Musical Composition in the Twentieth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Summary of Activities
|Composing for piano (overview of essentials including harmony, voicing, rhythm, textures and figuration in works by Ginastera, Bach, Guibaidulina, Kagel, Penberthy, Kats-Chernin). Gesture in the miniatures of Kurtag in focus.
|Assessment Events & Schedule overview
|Composing for piano in 3-parts (Hindemith, Evans).
|Writing art songs: lyric writing, melody, accompaniment (chord progression, rhythm and figuration, texture). Britten, Grieg, De Falla, others.
|Aspects of composing popular/jazz songs
|Writing for choir (thinking textures - homophonic, polyphonic, complex).
|Student oral presentations on original score 1 (either with performance, audio version, or in score presentation).
|Writing for choir and/or writing back-up vocals for contemporary songs
|Composing for piano trio
|Indigenous composers and those influenced by the music of Indigenous or non-Western cultures (Lloyd, Whitehead, others)
|Composing for small mixed ensemble
|Review of studies, and assistance for works in progress
|Student presentations of original scores (performed, audio versions, in score)
Wed 1 - 2, or 2 - 3. Must attend lecture week one to be allocated best tutorial time
|Piano Work or Art Song
|Piano trio or small mixed ensemble work
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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In class (lectures and tutorials)
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: LO2
Student oral presentations on original score 1 (either with embedded performance, audio version, or from score presentation). Oral presentation must Include either musical techniques and expressions used, and/or any contemporary or historical contextual aspects (political, religious, moral, social). 5-7 mins presentation only.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: LO1, LO3
Piano Work or Art Song
3 - 5 minute piano piece or art song, scored to benchmark standards (legible, appropriately spaced staves, dynamics and articulations, etc). Presented as pdf score with audio or indicative audio version. Bound hard copy handed in (copy only, student must keep original), or emailed to lecturer, and if emailed labelled only with name on pdf (not u-number) followed by 'piano work' or 'art song'. Name must also be on score (not u-number). No instructions in email, all such things if necessary must be on score. If hard copy handed in, lecturer will sign form 'received from student on due date'.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: LO1, LO3
3 - 5 minute choir piece, scored to benchmark hand-written standards for relevant style of choral music (legible, appropriately spaced staves, dynamics and articulations, etc). Presented as photocopied pdf score with audio or indicative audio version. Bound hard copy handed in (copy only, student must keep original), or emailed to lecturer, and if emailed labelled only with name on pdf (not u-number) followed by 'choral piece'. Name must also be on score (not u-number). No instructions in email, all such things if necessary must be on score. If hard copy handed in, lecturer will sign form 'received from student on due date'.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: LO1, LO3
Piano trio or small mixed ensemble work
3 - 5 minute piano trio or small mixed ensemble work, scored to benchmark standards (legible, appropriately spaced staves, dynamics and articulations, etc). Presented as pdf score with audio or indicative audio version. Bound hard copy handed in (copy only, student must keep original), or emailed to lecturer, and if emailed labelled only with name on pdf (not u-number) followed by 'piano trio' or 'mixed ensemble'. Name must also be on score (not u-number). No instructions in email, all such things if necessary must be on score. If hard copy handed in, lecturer will sign form 'received from student on due date'.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: LO3, LO4
Exegetical writing on your composition/s 2 or 3. Expectations are analysis of the music and its context, and/or reflection of the journey in your composing, and/or how you arrived at the creative decisions you made. 750 words (two pages, with up to three embedded notated examples if relevant). Submit via turnitin.
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Composition, Contemporary Indigenous Music, Regionalism in Music, Contemporary Guitar Music, Songwriting
Dr Christopher Sainsbury