This unit of study looks at classic techniques and processes in composition which emerged during the middle to the later part of the twentieth century. The focus is on key works of this period by composers such as Stockhausen, Xenakis and Ligeti and others. The material covered will enable the student to strengthen their own repertoire of compositional techniques and allow them to understand their own work in a clear historical context.
2 hour seminar/week
Two analytical essays of set works, combined with short compositional tasks: 3,000 words each (2x50%).
Strong music theory and notation skills are essential in this unit of study