- Code MUSI3314
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Music
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Music
- Areas of interest Musicology, Music
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Frank Millward
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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Composition, Arranging and Sound Design 5 focuses on consolidation of all technical skills learned in the previous composition courses (1-4). Students will draw upon this array of skills in creating new works for small chamber ensembles. Projects will include work(s) for the ensemble(s) in residence, portfolio pieces and short written analysis exercises. A focus on contemporary techniques in classical composition forms the core of this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Produce professional quality creative work which reflects the student's individual musical interests and goals;
- Analyse a diverse range of music using a number of relevant theories and methods;
- Create and present compositions and arrangements which demonstrate the mastery of traditional and contemporary compositional techniques in a wide spectrum of styles and genres; and
- Communicate clearly the creative decisions made in the course of composing, arranging and sound designs and how these relate to relevant historical traditions or precedents.
Indicative AssessmentPortfolio piece of original work (30%) [learning outcomes 1-3]
Commission piece(s) of original work for chamber music ensemble (40%). To reflect the real-world environment of commissions, late submissions will not be accepted and will receive a mark of 0 [learning outcomes 1-3]
Four Analysis assignments, 5% each (total 20%) [learning outcomes 2,4]
Exegesis/program notes (10%) [learning outcomes 2,4]
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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.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsRead, Gardner. Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice. New York: Taplinger. 1979
Preliminary ReadingKennan, Kent. The Technique of Orchestration. (any edition, preferably 4th, 5th, or 6th) New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1990, 1996, 2002.
Blatter, Alfred. Instrumentation and Orchestration. New York: Schirmer, 1997.
Gould, Elaine. Behind Bars. London: Faber, 2011.
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