Instrumentation and Orchestration (CMPN1611)


Instrumentation and Orchestration will enhance students' knowledge of the key instruments of the modern orchestra. The study of instrumentation will develop in-depth understandings of the technical limitations and creative potential of the main instrumental families. The study of orchestration will examine instrumental combinations with reference to the use of colour to foreground and background musical lines. Additional content will include some study of acoustics and the perception of timbre, arranging and transcribing as well as notational standards and conventions. Works examined in class will span the entire 20th century and into the 21st century. Students will be expected to undertake weekly readings and/or listenings and conduct independent research.

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2 hour seminar/wk


Folio of short orchestration exercises (30%), Large ensemble arrangement (30%), analytical essay (40%).

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