Music 252C: Composition Seminar, Spring 2000
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. There will be eight (8) 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.
Book for the course: Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music, Ed.
Schwartz and Childs, Da Capo Press, N.Y. (1998). All of the readings will be out
of this book.
For an advance evaluation, pieces may be faxed to Reale up to the day before
the class (fax number to be given in class). Office hour will be Wed. 12-1 PM.
Updated: April 2, 2000.
Questions may be addressed by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.