MUSIC WITH PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY

MUS503

RESEARCHED COMPOSITION

serialism | non-functional harmony | polyphony

MUS503 : Ass 3

MUS503 : RESEARCHED COMPOSITION

This assignment invites you to study three inter-related topics - Polyphony, Serialism and Non-functional Harmony. Each of the three topics will be the subject of an introductory lecture but this eLearning package gives you access to a broader range of musical examples and information than could possibly be delivered in the sessions, and it is a crucial part of the assignment process.

After studying all three areas via the on-line materials, you will then be expected to focus on one of them as a subject for deeper, independent research. Your ‘deeper’ research should involve further reading & listening and your own analyses of relevant works. You should submit a written description of your independent research. Very important - refer to the Module Handbook for full details of the expected contents of this write-up.

Finally, you should compose a piece reflecting what you have learned from your studies. This is not a pastiche exercise, although you can do that if you wish - the real aim is to incorporate the ideas and techniques that you have researched into your own work, thus extending your technique as a composer, while at the same time increasing your understanding of some key musical concepts and possibilities. Your composition should be submitted as a recording, score and brief critique.

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This assignment invites you to study three inter-related topics - Polyphony, Serialism and Non-functional Harmony.

Each of the three topics will be the subject of an introductory lecture but this eLearning package gives you access to a broader range of musical examples and information than could possibly be delivered in the sessions, and it is a crucial part of the assignment process.

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After studying all three areas via the on-line materials, you will then be expected to focus on one of them as a subject for deeper, independent research.

Your ‘deeper’ research should involve further reading & listening and your own analyses of relevant works. You should submit a written description of your independent research. Very important - refer to the Module Handbook for full details of the expected contents of this write-up.

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Finally, you should compose a piece reflecting what you have learned from your studies. This is not a pastiche exercise - the real aim is to incorporate the ideas and techniques that you have researched into your own work, thus extending your technique as a composer, while at the same time increasing your understanding of some key musical concepts and possibilities. Your composition should be submitted as a recording, score and brief critique.

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This assignment invites you to study three inter-related topics - Polyphony, Serialism and Non-functional Harmony.

Each of the three topics will be the subject of an introductory lecture but this eLearning package gives you access to a broader range of musical examples and information than could possibly be delivered in the sessions, and it is a crucial part of the assignment process.

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After studying all three areas via the on-line materials, you will then be expected to focus on one of them as a subject for deeper, independent research.

Your ‘deeper’ research should involve further reading & listening and your own analyses of relevant works. You should submit a written description of your independent research. Very important - refer to the Module Handbook for full details of the expected contents of this write-up.

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Finally, you should compose a piece reflecting what you have learned from your studies. This is not a pastiche exercise - the real aim is to incorporate the ideas and techniques that you have researched into your own work, thus extending your technique as a composer, while at the same time increasing your understanding of some key musical concepts and possibilities. Your composition should be submitted as a recording, score and brief critique.

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Although this site deals with three different topics, you'll quickly find that they are inter-related. Think of the total contents of this package as the necessary springboard for a deeper dive into any one topic, and the benchmark that defines what 'deeper' means.

MUS503 assumes that you have a good understanding of some key theoretical issues. A thorough knowledge of scale construction and the ability to identify and create intervals and their inversions will be particularly important. toolkit2 contains all the information that you need.

MUS503 : Ass 3

MUS503 : RESEARCHED COMPOSITION

This assignment invites you to study three inter-related topics - Polyphony, Serialism and Non-functional Harmony. Each of the three topics will be the subject of an introductory lecture but this eLearning package gives you access to a broader range of musical examples and information than could possibly be delivered in the sessions, and it is a crucial part of the assignment process.

After studying all three areas via the on-line materials, you will then be expected to focus on one of them as a subject for deeper, independent research. Your ‘deeper’ research should involve further reading & listening and your own analyses of relevant works. You should submit a written description of your independent research. Very important - refer to the Module Handbook for full details of the expected contents of this write-up.

Finally, you should compose a piece reflecting what you have learned from your studies. This is not a pastiche exercise, although you can do that if you wish - the real aim is to incorporate the ideas and techniques that you have researched into your own work, thus extending your technique as a composer, while at the same time increasing your understanding of some key musical concepts and possibilities. Your composition should be submitted as a recording, score and brief critique.

1This assignment invites you to study three inter-related topics - Polyphony, Serialism and Non-functional Harmony. Each of the three topics will be the subject of an introductory lecture but this eLearning package gives you access to a broader range of musical examples and information than could possibly be delivered in the sessions, and it is a crucial part of the assignment process.

2After studying all three areas via the on-line materials, you will then be expected to focus on one of them as a subject for deeper, independent research. Your ‘deeper’ research should involve further reading & listening and your own analyses of relevant works. You should submit a written description of your independent research. Very important - refer to the Module Handbook for full details of the expected contents of this write-up.

3Finally, you should compose a piece reflecting what you have learned from your studies. This is not a pastiche exercise - the real aim is to incorporate the ideas and techniques that you have researched into your own work, thus extending your technique as a composer, while at the same time increasing your understanding of some key musical concepts and possibilities. Your composition should be submitted as a recording, score and brief critique.

Although the site seemingly deals with three different topics, you'll quickly find that they are deeply inter-related. You won't understand serialism without an understanding of counterpoint or non-functional harmony, for instance, and a full understanding of non-functional harmony will require an understanding of harmony in polyphonic music. Think of the total contents of this package as the necessary springboard for a deeper dive into any one topic, and the benchmark that defines what 'deeper' means.


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SERIALISM

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NON-FUNCTIONAL HARMONY

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POLYPHONY

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