Contemporary music theatre: Theory and practice

Course Information
TitleΜουσικό θέατρο στη σύγχρονη δημιουργία: Θεωρία και πράξη / Contemporary music theatre: Theory and practice
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorDimitrios Papageorgiou
Course ID600018072

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

Registered students: 13
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses635
Music CompositionElective Courses635

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Zisis Segklias
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
This course will assist students in meeting these standards: Distinguish the esthetic, social and musical features of music theatre in contemporary creative output. Develop analytical and compositional thinking on terms such as dramaturgy, narration, composition, bodiness, gesture.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course investigates the historical, musical and social frame within which music theatre emerges in contemporary creative output. In this frame, music theatre pieces will be examined, both from the early postwar period (Kagel, Stockhausen, Goebbels, Aperghis, Cage), as well as from the younger generation (Stehen-Andersen, Walshe, Prins). More specifically, the works will be examined in regard to the content, the compositional process and the musical notation. Ultimate goal of the the course is the familiarisation of the students with the music theatre field and basic terms such as dramaturgy, narration, composition, bodiness and gesture, both in analytical as well as in compositional level. The process through which these goals are achieved include i) contact in practice with the object in study (audiovisual media and discussion), ii) familiarisation with the bibliography and iiia) critical analysis through writing or iiib) creative deepening through short compositions. The course is open to all the students of the Music Department, but it is specially encouraged for composition students and actors/actresses to attend it.
Composition, Music Theatre, Analysis.
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
Students can choose between written assignment and composing a short music theatre piece. Valuation Final written assignment: 60% Project presentation: 25% Attendance and participation: 15% Assignment Through the teaching process, the students will form a small group (2-3 members) and then, after discussion with the tutor, will organise the outline of their assignment. The assignment should present in detail a piece of music theatre or the sum of the music theatre production of a composer. Assignment length: 3000-4000 words. Main parts: Introductory paragraph pointing out the main parts of the assignment. Main part, where the bibliography is creatively used and the piece in discuss is analysed or the sum of the creative production is presented. Final paragraph, summarising and concluding. Bibliography, gathered with tutor’s consultation. Assignment’s evaluation: Focus on the subject, Validation through analysis, Validation through bibliography, Organisation and syntactic clarity, Interest in Reading. Project Presentation During the final lectures, the assignments will be presented using powerpoint. During the presentations, the students must point out the main focus parts, using musical examples and short analysis extracts. Duration of the presentation is between 15 and 20 minutes. Composition Through the teaching process, the students will form small groups, including one composer and up to three performers (musicians and/or actors). In collaboration with the tutor, they will create a concept and then will carry on composing in a collaborative way a short piece of music theatre. The main themes that must be addressed are i) the musical and bodily gesture, ii) the narration, iii) the dramaturgy. Apart from the score (which can be notated in any way), a text of about 1000 words accompanying the score must be delivered. In the text, the composer and performers must explain the compositional choices and practices. Project Presentation During the final lectures, the compositions will be live performed. For each performance, a programme note (max. 200 words) must be delivered to the audience.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Σημειώσεις διδάσκοντα, προτεινόμενη αρθρογραφία, οπτικοακουστικό υλικό
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