This course should (1) raise an awareness of the textural aspect of music, (2) provide tools for the analysis of musical texture, and (3) encourage students to compose with texture.
It is hard to imagine music without texture. However, it was only towards the twentieth century that the term ‘texture’ made its way into the musical vocabulary. Even today, now that many composers have explored texture as a musical parameter, a theoretical understanding of this phenomenon is still lacking. Together, the participants of this course will develop such an understanding and feed it back into their own musical practices. They will examine scores, mostly from the contemporary repertoire, and work on creative assignments. And they will engage in lively discussions about the textural experience.
|term||September 2019-April 2020|
|method of instruction||Weekly seminars of 2 hours. A series of assignments will be given during the course, both analytical and creative. Participants will have to choose 6 of them.|
|course materials||Scores of Ravel, Daphnis and Chloé; Ligeti, Kammerkonzert, Clocks and Clouds; Ferneyhough, Études Transcendentales; Tchaikovsky, Sixth symphony, a.o.|
|assessment||Attendance, active participation in lessons, weekly assignments and the verbal presentation of an analysis.|
|participation||Recommended for composers; optional for all master students|