Instrumentation and Orchestration (CMPN1611)


Instrumentation and Orchestration enhances students' knowledge of the key instruments of the modern orchestra. The study of instrumentation assists in comprehending the technical limitations and creative potential of the main instrumental families of the orchestra. The unit examines a wide range of instrumental combinations in diverse music styles, and will enhance students' understanding of proper score layout, aural analysis of orchestral excerpts and visual analysis of complex scores. Additional content will include limited study of acoustics and timbre perception, arranging and transcribing as well as notational standards and conventions.

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2 hour seminar/wk


Short orchestration exercises (45%), score analysis presentation (25%), Large ensemble arrangement (30%).

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.