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
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course investigates the compositional techniques during the first half of the twentieth century. Taking the crisis of functional tonality as a starting point, we examine chromatic practices in tonal music—including exotic scales, non-triadic chords, etc—of the late nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. Then, the course proceeds to the examination of the development of the compositional techniques of the serial and non-serial atonality, ultimately leading to integral serialism.
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). Please, use following formatting: Typeface = Times New Roman 12 pt Line Spacing = double space The subject of the assignment should be agreed between the student and the instructor. There are following options: Research assignment on a topic relevant to the course Analysis of a work Critical synopsis of a book or dissertation The assignment should entail An introductory paragraph presenting the main point/s of focus Main part, where you discuss the subject matter using supporting materials and examples that prove your thesis. Final paragraph, where you present a summary of your assignment and conclusions. The evaluation of the assignment is based on following criteria: Focus on the subject = 20% Supporting material = 25% Organization = 25% Grammar, Syntax, Vocabulary and Spelling = 10% Interest in Reading = 10% Bibliographic references = 10%