Studies in the Music of Ravel and Stravinsky
The course will focus on both composers' use of orchestral techniques of accompaniment and textural contrast. In the case of Ravel, the topic will be enlarged to include the transference of materials from (or to) the medium of solo piano or piano four hands (Mother Goose). Students' assignments will be excerpts of music from the early 20th century in short score or pieces which do not exist in a final orchestral version.
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The class meets on Thursdays from 3:00 PM until 5:50 PM. There will be three orchestration assignments, and each assignemnt will be presented, discussed, and brought back the following week in a revised form.
Updated: May 29, 2003.