Music 408 E


(WWII to present)

Fall 2014

This course will cover composition techniques developed and used during the historical period between the end of WWII and present with an emphasis to musical form. It will include the following modules:

  1. Recapitulation: Tonality, tone-rows and traditional forms
  2. Integral Serialism
  3. Indeterminacy
  4. Electro-acoustic music: Synthesizers and Computer sound synthesis
  5. Concept Music, Graphic Scores, Minimalism, Microtonality
  6. Science, Mathematics, Music, Technology

Most topics will be accompanied by Lecture notes including score fragments, articles and concise smmaries of the subjects presented. It is recommended that all these note be printed and collected in a binder to serve as review materials.

There will be seven assignments, (two of them short papers) and five required readings (articles by Boulez, Cage, Stockhausen, Xenakis, etc.) which will be discussed in class. Participation in such discussions will count toward class participation and the final grade. There will also be four short (15 min.) listening quizzes. A list of works included on each quiz may be found in Listening Quizzes.

The grading:

                7 Assignments, 8% each   			56%
		4 Listening quizzes, 3% each			12%
		5 Reading assignments/class participation	12%
                Final                  				20%

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