(timings are tentative)
September 2 - 11
September 15 - 22
Messiaen and his musical technique.
Non-tonal centricity. Varese.
Neo-classicism and constructivism. Stravinsky, again.
First quiz: 9/22
September 23 - October 8
Tone-row music and serialism. The row as a constructive device.
Transformations of the row; matrix, combinatoriality, symmetries.
Integral serialism. Boulez and the "domains" technique.
First listening test 10/3
First creative assignment due 10/6
October 8 - 23
Indeterminacy. John Cage and chance music; the influence of
Zen and DADA
Aleatory music; existentialism.
Textkomposition, improvisations, concept music; classes of compositions
and open works.
The "new" notation. Other trends and techniques.
Second assignment due 10/9
Second listening test 10/20
Second quiz 10/28
October 27 - December 11
Music, mathematics, science, and technology.
Electronic music: new sounds, new attitudes.
Music Formalization and various mathematical and scientific
models for music.
Computer Music: computer-assisted composition and sound synthesis
MIDI, synthesizers; notation of music by computers.
Virtual environments and sonification of complex scientific data.
Third assignment due 11/3
Third listening test 11/10
Second creative assignment due 11/13
Third quiz 11/20
Fourth assignment due 12/4
Fourth listening test 12/9
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