MUS-20042 - Composition Studies: Intermediate Composition
Coordinator: Miroslav Spasov Room: CKF05 Tel: +44 1782 7 33395
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module is concerned with the study and practice of compositional techniques through composition and analysis of scores. The focuses will be: timbre, texture, process, structure and form. These areas of compositional practice will be studied across a number of scores. Students will compose one or more compositions for the instrumental forces available within the group, demonstrating an understanding of creative, artistic, issues arising from coursework, discussions and workshops.

To provide a forum for the discussion of various aspects of detail in musical language;
To acquire skills in compositional techniques for the generation and organisation of pitch and duration;
To understand form and structure;
To appreciate the compositional functions of timbre;
To study compositional practices drawn from historical and contemporary models.

Intended Learning Outcomes

generate and organise duration and rhythm (relevant to genre under consideration): 1
devise and structure musical forms (relevant to genre under consideration): 1
organise a variety of musical materials (relevant to genre under consideration): 1
identify compositional techniques and models in relation to their historic contexts (relevant to genre under consideration): 1
employ and explain functions of instrumental and vocal timbre in relation to structure and shape (relevant to genre under consideration): 1
respond creatively to given musical environments and resources: 1
generate and organise pitch and harmonic structures (relevant to genre under consideration): 1

Study hours

4 hours of plenary sessions (lectures)
4 hours workshops
14 hours individual or small-group tutorials
80 hours of consolidating plenary content and preparing workshop materials; assimilation of the topics discussed in class through analysis of prescribed works and directed technical studies; listening to discography relevant to the module and individual project.
48 hours of preparation for the assessment.
TOTAL: 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 100%
Independent Creative Project
At least three original compositions, of which a minimum of two must composed for two or more performers. The compositions must show evidence of an understanding of techniques explored both during plenary and supervision sessions. Total duration of compositions in the portfolio: 10 -12 minutes