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Composition Seminar

MU 107, MU 207, MU 307, MU 407
Fall and Spring Semesters
Credits: 1
Prequisites: none
Meeting: Wednesday 5:00–6:50

Course Description
A forum for special projects, professional development, recent contemporary music, vernacular music, visits by composers and performers, analogies to other art forms, different approaches to orchestration, instrumentation, structure, organization, and form. 
More information here: Composition Seminar 

 

Composers' Performance Ensemble

MU 108, MU 208, MU 308, MU 408
Fall and Spring Semesters (course repeats)
Credits: 1
Prequisites: none
Instructor: James Dalton

Course Description
This course provides various coached ensemble experiences for composition majors as alternatives to The Boston Conservatory Chorale or the various Instrumental Ensembles. The nature of the ensemble changes each semester depending upon the participants.
 

Instrumentation & Notation 1

MU 175
Fall Semester
Credits: 2
Prequisites: none
Meeting: Tuesday and Friday 12:00–12:50
Instructor: Dr. Marc McAneny

Course Description

This course will provide students with a basic working knowledge of orchestral and band instrument sections and their associated notations. Score reading will be developed through in-class listening and analysis, while score setup, formatting, and transposition is approached through hands-on application of notation standards and practices covered in class.

Instrumentation & Notation 2

MU 176
Spring Semester
Credits: 2
Prequisite: Instrumentation & Notation 1
Meeting: Tuesday and Friday 12:00–12:50
Instructor: Dr. Marc McAneny


Orchestration 1

MU 275
Fall Semester
Credits: 2
Prequisite: Instrumention & Notation 2
Meeting: Wednesday 10:00–11:50
Instructor: Dr. Marc McAneny

Course Description
This course provides the student with opportunities to creatively apply the basic knowledge of instrument families acquired in Instrumentation and Notation to homogeneous ensembles. Familiarity with and analysis of traditional and exceptional musical examples will provide the basis for the student’s own work.

Orchestration 2

MU 275
Spring Semester
Credits: 2
Prequisite: Orchestration 1
Meeting: Wednesday 10:00–11:50
Instructor: Dr. Marc McAneny

Course Description
This course provides the student with opportunities to creatively apply the basic knowledge of instrument families acquired in Instrumentation and Notation to homogeneous ensembles. Familiarity with and analysis of traditional and exceptional musical examples will provide the basis for the student’s own work.

 


Electronic Music 1

MU 471
Fall Semester
Credits: 2 
Prerequisite: Music History 5, or permission 
Meeting: Friday 4:00–5:50
Instructor: Mike Frengel

Course description
This course exposes students to the history of electroacoustic music from the early works of the 1940s to the present day. A range of important sub-genres will be surveyed from both an historic and aesthetic perspective and students will examine the musical and technological developments and key figures that have influenced the evolution of electroacoustic music. This course requires extensive listening and analysis of representative works to ensure students have the opportunity to acquire a clear understanding of the music in question.

Areas of Study 
• Electronic Music – The Background to 1945
• Paris and Musique Concrète
• Cologne and Elektronische Musik
• The 1960’s: Tape Works, Live Electronics, and the Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer 
• Computer Music (algorithmic, stochastic, spectralism, tuning, mapping processes, etc).
• Acousmatic Music
• Mixed Works: Live instruments and electronics


Textbooks

ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC
Peter Manning
Oxford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780199746392 


Recommended

ELECTRIC SOUND: THE PAST AND PROMISE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC
Joel Chadabe
Prentice Hall, 1996
ISBN: 9780133032314
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Electronic Music 2

MU 472
Spring Semester
Credits: 2 
Prerequisite: Elecgtronic Music 1 
Meeting: Friday 4:00–5:50
Instructor: Mike Frengel 


Improvisation Workshop

MU 473
Fall and Spring Semesters (course repeats)
Credits: 1
Prequisites: none
Instructor: Pierre Hurel

Course Description
Progressive guided improvisations in small groups and ensembles. This work is centered around careful listening and avoids setting any stylistic limitations.

 

 

 

 

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