This course addresses skills required to compose music for: guitar solo or for guitar plus one (ww or string), and either string quartet or small mixed ensemble (four to five instruments). Students will also create an acoustic sonic art piece/ installation that articulates a proposed concept. It is encouraged (although not compulsory) for this to be in a collaborative setting. (Collaboration with students of visual arts or community groups is encouraged, and opportunities will be provided). Related to these creative tasks students will be guided in analysis of pieces that employ a range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century compositional techniques in a range of genres and styles. Also, relating to the sonic art work students will be guided in analysis of works that incorporate a concept and the articulation of the concept through the structural and expressive properties of the work.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- aurally identify and understand compositional and orchestration techniques involved in writing music for up to six parts, with reference to genre and style;
- analyse and critique compositions written in four to six parts as well as sonic artworks;
- apply compositional and orchestration techniques to create original compositions for up to six independent voices that include guitar, string quartet, mixed chamber groups, and sonic art pieces (the last being in collaborative settings and/or for community music groups); and
- articulate key decisions taken during the creative process (both technical and expressive) through an exegesis.
- 1 group tutorial oral presentation — 10 minutes (10) [LO 2]
- 1 Analysis 1000 words, maximum 1 movement (15) [LO 1,2]
- Portfolio of 3 works totalling 12 minutes in duration (20% each) (60) [LO 1,3]
- Exegesis on a work selected from portfolio (1000 words) (15) [LO 3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
N/A minor amendments
Preliminary ReadingRepertoire list and orchestration texts.
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