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MU3015: COMPOSITION 3 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

This course will build on knowledge and techiques studied and assimilated in earlier composition modules in order to create substantial, original new creations. Students will be required to assimilate new techniques and work them into their own emerging musical language for the assessment procedures. Students will be required to regularly critique existing works using these techniques and this will form part of the formative assessments.​

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Both Sessions Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Phillip Cooke

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Education)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This two semester course will carry on the compositional trajectory begun in the first year with 'Introduction to Contemporary Composition' and build on the developments espoused in Composition I & II in the second year. It will look at key works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and look in detail at the techniques used. Students will be required to assimilate these techniques and work them into their own emerging musical language for the assessment procedures. Students will be required to regularly critique existing works using these techniques and this will form part of the formative assessments. Key works may include some of the following: Variations for Orchestra (Schoenberg); Quartet for the End of Time (Messiaen); String Quartet No. 2 (Carter); String Quartet (Lutosławski); Image, Reflection, Shadow (Maxwell Davies); Three Pieces in Old Style (Górecki) and Kiss on Wood (MacMillan).

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

40 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt
  • Composing a work utilising techniques from the first semester (50%)
  • Composing a work utilising techniques from the second semester (50%)
Resit
  • Resubmission of any composition(s) that failed (100%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Oral feedback on work in composition lectures and tutorials. Written feedback on portfolio. Constant feedback on listening on a weekly basis. Students can obtain face to face feedback on compositions from course-coordinator during Office Hours.

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