This course will develop your technical and artistic skills as a composer and lead to a substantial piece of work using advanced compositional techniques. There are no course materials. Instead, the course takes the form of a compositional plan which you negotiate with your tutor. You will embark on a major piece of work, for instance a symphonic work, an oratorio, an opera or a song cycle. You and your tutor work together with this focus for a year.
The course aims to:
- A1 help you produce, with guidance, a major composition or series of compositions;
- A2 develop the use of advanced compositional techniques;
- A3 establish the art of developing, revisiting and reforming musical ideas over a sustained period.
- A4 develop your musical ability by listening to music and contextualising your work in relation to selected music.
On successful completion of the course you will have:
- LO1 produced, with guidance, a major composition or series of compositions (A1)
- LO2 demonstrated the use of advanced compositional techniques (A2)
- LO3 have acquired the art of developing, revisiting and reforming musical ideas over a period of time (A3)
- LO4 contextualised your work and articulate clearly the impact of and links to other musicians and musical movements investigated through a critical review (A4)
- The language of music (notation, speed, dynamics, expression, style, form, melody, harmony, score writing, etc.)
- The techniques of composition (musical ideas, how to come by them, how to develop them, how to build a substantial whole piece of music, etc.)
- The music of established composers.