Compositional techniques of 20th century music II

Course Information
TitleΤεχνικές σύνθεσης της μουσικής του 20ού αιώνα ΙΙ / Compositional techniques of 20th century music II
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600013947

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses635
Music CompositionCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)635

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
This course will assist students in meeting these standards: —Demonstrate an understanding of theoretic compositional models that have been developed during the first half of the twentieth century, as well as the historical necessities behind their development —Demonstrate an understanding of the compositional problems composers have been faced with during the first half of the twentieth century and the solutions which have been proposed and applied. —Demonstrate the ability to make critical judgments about the various compositional techniques using correct terminology. —Demonstrate the ability to discern by ear aesthetic trends, styles and compositional techniques of the first half of the twentieth century
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is a continuation of the course "Theory and History of Musical Styles: 20th century Compositional Techniques I" and it examines from a technical point of view the multitude of compositional practices, which have been developed during the second half of the 20th century. Indicatively, techniques under examination include: integral serialism, aleatoric and indeterminacy, stochastic and algorithmic music, micropolyphony, sound masses, textural music, minimalism, new complexity, spectral music, etc. The aims of the course are achieved by giving equal emphasis to three factor: a) experiential approach (repeated and guided critical listening and audio-visual presentations, b) analytical approach (study of theoretical texts, analysis of representative works by Messiaen, Boulez, Cage, Feldman, Xenakis, Penderecki, Reich, Reilly, Glass, Scelsi, etc), and c) application (compositional assignments with emphasis to certain techniques discussed in class). The course is offered, in parallel, to the students of the Musicology Area, either as Elective or Free Elective. Although musicology students are not required to submit composition assignments, they are strongly encouraged to try.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment311.0
Written assigments501.7
Student Assessment
Student evaluation is based on following criteria: Final written assignemnt = 45% Drop-the-needle test = 40 Attendance and participation = 15% Criteria for the evaluation of the Final Written Assignment: The assignment is 10-12 typed pages (2500-3000 words).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
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