Fall 2007

Composition I

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-69


Eric W. Sawyer (Section 01)


This course will explore compositional techniques that grow out of the various traditions of Western art music. Innovations of twentieth-century composers in generating new approaches to melody and scale, rhythm and meter, harmony, instrumentation, and musical structure will be examined. The course will include improvisation as a source of ideas for written compositions and as a primary compositional mode. Instrumental or vocal competence and good music reading ability are desirable. Assignments will include compositions of various lengths and related analytical projects. Two class meetings per week. Requisite: Music 11 or 12, and consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. First semester. Professor Sawyer.