Musical Texure

Learning Objective
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.

Course Content
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.

Related Electives
* Contemporary Music through Non-Western Techniques  
* Developing Creativity
* Electronic Music
* Instrumentation and Classical Arranging
* Tuning and Temperament

Course details

teacher Amit Gur
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
credits 10