Starts: 25 Apr 2022
Composition Workshop C
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand a number of important considerations in writing for chamber groups and orchestras
- Understand the formal and orchestrational aspects of writing for ensembles
- Analyse existing pieces of music to see various techniques being used
- Build a piece of orchestral or chamber music
Class format and activities
Classes will mix the analysis of demonstrated material with the development of student pieces. Students will be guided on the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and formal aspects of their work in order to produce a piece suitable for presentation in score form. Study pieces for this term: Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale, Holst The Planets
A solid theoretical background (ABRSM 6+ or equivalent), fluent reading and writing of standard music notation, the ability to produce musical ideas for further development.
What you need to know before you enrol
Time will need to be spent out of class in inventing and developing musical idea to make pieces. You will need to complete homework on a weekly basis. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.
What you need
Notebook, manuscript paper, data stick. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.
What you can do next
You may want to repeat the same course starting in September. You may also be interested in the 'Orchestration and Arranging' course and in any 'A Listener's Guide to Music' courses, such as the Brief History of Western Music or the History of Opera.