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A weekly meeting, required of all composition majors, providing student composers with tools to foster a sophisticated awareness of contemporary composition, facilitate familiarity with a broad range of cultural references, and become focused and articulate when speaking of their own and others' music.

A wide range of topics will be touched on, including professional development (program notes, commissions, grants, identifying performance opportunities, etc.); introduction to composers and music not covered in other conservatory courses (recent contemporary music, vernacular and popular music); visiting composers, masterclasses and clinics with conductors and performers; analogies to other art forms; issues of orchestration, instrumentation, structure, and form.

Seminar Calendar

Fall 2014

 
Freshman


Sophomore


Junior


Senior


MM Year 1


MM Year 2

PSC
 week 1
 September 10
 Welcome and practical matters – Room 406
 week 2
 September 17
 Hughes
 Room 401
   Murphree
 Room 303
   Vores
 Room 402
   
 week 3
 September 24
 Murphree
 Room 303
       Hughes
 Room 402
   
 week 4
 October 1
 Visiting Artist: Lei Liang – Room 406
 week 5
 October 8
 WCRB Sounder Project – Various Groups – Hughes / Lee / Murphree / Vores
 week 6
 October 15
 WCRB Sounder Project – Various Groups – Hughes / Lee / Murphree / Vores
 week 7
 October 22
 WCRB Sounder Project – Various Groups – Hughes / Lee / Murphree / Vores
 week 8
 October 29
 Studio Classes – this week, not necessarily at this time – Private Teacher will advise
 week 9
 November 5


 Midterm Listening Assignments Exam – Room 406 5:00–5:30
 Murphree
 Room 401
   Lee
 Room 303
   Hughes
 Room 402
   
 week 10
 November 12
 Hughes
 Room 401
   Murphree
 Room 303
   Lee
 Room 402
   
 week 11
 November 19
 Visiting Artist: Claire Chase – Room 406
 week 12
 November 26
 Thanksgiving Break
 week 13
 December 3
 Lee
 Room 401
   Murphree
 Room 303
   Hughes
 Room 402
   
 week 14
 December 10
 Visiting Artist: Erin Huelskamp – Writing for Opera and/or Musical Theater
 Studio Classes – this week, not necessarily at this time – Private Teacher will advise
 week 15
 December 17
 Final Listening Assignments Exam – Room 406 11:00–11:30

 


Spring 2015

 
Freshman


Sophomore


Junior


Senior


MM Year 1


MM Year 2

PSC
 week 1
 January 2
 Hughes
 Room 402
     Murphree
 Room 401
 Lee
 Room 303

 Room 401

 Room 303
 week 2
 January 28
 Hughes
 Room 402
     Murphree
 Room 401
 Lee
 Room 303

 Room 401

 Room 303
 week 3
 February 4
 Vores
 Room 401
   Hughes
 Room 303
   Murphree
 Room 402
   
 week 4
 February 11
 Guest – Room 406
 week 5
 February 18
 Lee
 Room 402
     Hughes
 Room 401
 Murphree
 Room 303

 Room 401

 Room 303
 week 6
 February 25
 Studio Classes – this week, not necessarily at this time – Private Teacher will advise
 week 7
 March 4
 Midterm Listening Assignments Exam – Room 406 5:00–5:30
 Lee
 Room 402
     Hughes
 Room 401
 Murphree
 Room 303

 Room 401

 Room 303
 week 8
 March 11
 Visiting Artist: David Fulmer – Room 406
 week 9
 March 18
 Spring Break
 week 10
 March 25
 Murphree
 Room 401
   Vores
 Room 303
 Hughes
 Room 402

 Room 303

 Room 402

 Room 303
 week 11
 April 1
 Murphree
 Room 401
   Vores
 Room 303
 Hughes
 Room 402

 Room 303

 Room 402

 Room 303
 week 12
 April 8
 Murphree
 Room 402
     Hughes
 Room 406
     
 week 13
 April 15
 Hughes
 Room 401
   Murphree
 Room 303
   Vores
 Room 406
   
 week 14
 April 22
 Monday Class Schedule no meeting
 week 15
 April 29
 Studio Classes – this week, not necessarily at this time – Private Teacher will advise
 week 16
 May 6
 Final Listening Assignments Exam – Room 406 5:00–6:00

 


Listening Assignments

Listening Assignments are given each semester. Students are expected to listen to assigned works with the score at least two or three times and to read biographical information and program notes relevant to the assignment.

Fall 2014

   work title  composer / artist  approx.  dur.  score  recording
1  Poème  Ernest Chausson  15'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
2  Violin Concerto  William Walton  29'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
3  Plastic Ono Band  John Lennon  40'  no score  Listening Link
4  Third Symphony  Aaron Copland  43'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
5  Pacific Overtures  Stephen Sondheim  59'  on reserve  CD on reserve
6  Goyescas, Book 1 and 2  Enrique Granados  48'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
7  Scheherazade  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  45'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
8  Never Mind the Bollocks
 Here's The Sex Pistols
 The Sex Pistols  39'  no score  Listening Link
9  Gagaku  –  52'  no score  Listening Link
10  Perséphone  Igor Stravinsky  48'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
11  Violin Concerto  John Adams  33'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
12  Cup of Loneliness:
 The Classic Mercury Years
 George Jones  59'  no score  Listening Link
13  Gaspard de la Nuit  Maurice Ravel  23'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 
14  Symphony No.4  Charles Ives  32'  on reserve  NaxosPlaylist 
15  Second Toughest in the Infants  Underworld  75'  no score  Listening Link
16  Violin Concerto  Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  35'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist 

Midterm Exams test familiarity with assignments 1—8
Final Exams test familiarity with assignments 1—16

Spring 2015

   work title  composer / artist  approx.  dur.  score  recording
1  Variations for Orchestra  Arnold Schoenberg  21'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
2  What's Going On  Marvin Gaye  36'  no score  Listening Link
3  Burundi Music from the Heart of Africa  –  44'  no score  Listening Link
4  Happy End  Kurt Weill  55'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
5  In Vain  Georg Friedrich Haas  63'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
6  Notorious Byrd Brothers  The Byrds  29'  no score  Listening Link
7  Dichterliebe  Robert Schumann  30'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
8  Tiger Dancing  Steve Martland  15'  no score  Naxos Playlist
9  Silbury Air
 +
 Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
 Harrison Birtwistle  16'
 +
 9'
 on reserve  Naxos Playlist
10  Chants d'Auvergne, Books 1 and 2  Joseph Canteloube  30'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
11  Ys  Joanna Newsom  56'  no score  Listening Link
12  Ambient 1: Music for Airports  Brian Eno  48'  on reserve  Listening Link
13  Trout Quintet  Franz Schubert  35'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
14  Vanity  Richard Barrett  25'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist
15  Quadrophenia  The Who  83'  no score  Listening Link
16  Stele  Gyorgi Kurtag  12'  on reserve  Naxos Playlist

Midterm Exams test familiarity with assignments 1—8
Final Exams test familiarity with assignments 1—16


Visiting Artists

Fall 2014
Claire Chase
Spring 2015
David Fulmer

 

Grading

Class Participation 60%
Midterm Listening Assignment Exam 15%
Final Listening Assignment Exam 25%

 

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