(timings are tentative)
January 14 - 31 The demise of tonality
February 4 - 21Non-tonal centricity; constructive devices
Rhythm as a constructive device.
Polychords, polytonality, polymodality; quartal harmony.
Neo-classicism and constructivism.
Non-tonal centricity. Stravinsky, Varese.
Messiaen and his musical technique.
Timbre as a constructive device.
First quiz 2/13
Second listening test 2/21
Creative assignment due 2/25
February 25 - March 13Tone-row music and serialism
The row as a constructive device.
Transformations of the row; matrix, combinatoriality, symmetries.
Integral serialism. Boulez and the "domains" technique.
Second quiz 3/06
Second assignment due 3/11
Changed date - Third listening test 3/12
March 24 - April 10Indeterminacy
The three types of indeterminacy in music
John Cage and chance music; the influence of Zen and
Textkomposition, improvisations, concept music; classes of compositions
and open works.
The "new" notation, "graphic" scores. Other trends and techniques; minimalism.
Changed date - Creative assignment due 4/07
Fourth listening test 4/10
April 14 - 30Music, mathematics, science, and technology.
Electronic music and music concrete; MIDI, synthesizers: new sounds, new
Acoustics: How do we hear sounds ? How are CDs made and what's on
them ? Pitch, loudness, modulation, and timbre
Computer Music: digital sound synthesis.
Music Formalization and various mathematical and scientific
models for music.
Computer Music: computer-assisted composition.
Third assignment due 4/16
Visit to the Experimental Music Studios 4/16
Third quiz 4/21
Fifth listening test 4/29
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