Music 252A: Composition Seminar, Fall 2003
The course is a seminar in techniques of composition, concentrating on the dynamic process of moving from one texture to another in controlled exercises. Each exercise will be one page of music: about five systems on a two or three line staff. The exercise will be played on the piano from memory by the student, and scores of the exercise will have been distributed to the other members of the seminar. No excuses will be accepted if the score is not memorized, and a grade of zero will be entered. There will be seven (7) exercises in all, and a portfolio of the exercises wil be turned in during exam week for a final grade.
Each exercise will be in the student's own style and is to be performed on the day it appears in the syllabus. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE TOLERATED! Part of the point of requiring these restricted pieces is that they are finished in the allotted time.
Books for the course:
1. Course reader with excerpts from Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, Ed. Schwartz and Childs, (Da Capo Press, N.Y., 1998). Referred to as CC.
2. Creators on Creating, Ed. Barron, Montuori, Barron (Tarcher/Putnam, 1997). Referred to as COC, the book will be used in the Winter quarter as well.
3. Composers on Modern Musical Culture, Ed. Bryan R. Simms, (Schirmer Books, 1999). Referred to as
CMMC, the book will be used in the Winter Quarter as well.
For an advance evaluation, pieces may be faxed to Reale up to 24 hourse before the day of
the class (fax number to be given in class). Office hour will be Wed. 12-1 PM.
Updated: Oct. 16, 2003.
Questions may be addressed by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.