Composition Courses

General Music History 1

LHAN-251

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors and MUED majors
Electable by: COMP majors and MUED majors
Prerequisites: CP-210 or CP-211 and either CM-211 or CM-251
Department: COMP

A survey of the major styles in Western music from about A.D. 600 to the conclusion of the baroque period.

General Music History 2

LHAN-252

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors and MUED majors
Electable by: COMP majors and MUED majors
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252, and CP-210 or CP-212
Department: COMP

A survey of the major styles in Western and non-Western music from the early classical period to the present.

Dmitri Shostakovich: His Music and Life

LHAN-266

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-210 or CP-211
Department: COMP

This course combines historical, theoretical, and psychological aspects of research on the life of Dmitri Shostakovich and the majority of his works. Special attention is devoted to the symphonic and theater works with detailed analysis of the principles of musical and theatrical dramaturgy and emphasis on style, form, and musical language. Videotapes with excerpts of performances of the composer's operas, ballets, and symphonic works, as well as passages from rare documentary films, are an integral part of the course.

Style Analysis of Classical and Romantic Music

LHAN-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252
Department: COMP

Analysis of representative works from the classical and romantic periods. Emphasis on compositional practice and stylistic distinction.

Style Analysis of 20th-Century Music

LHAN-312

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: LHAN-311
Department: COMP

Study of music from the early 20th century to the present. Examination of the development of mainstream serial, electronic, aleatoric, and experimental composition.

Traditional Composition Forms in the 20th Century 1

LHAN-315

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-210 or CP-211
Department: COMP

A comprehensive survey of the forms that originated in the Renaissance, baroque, and classical periods, and their development and use by composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Isorhythm, ground bass, variation passage, and fugue are traced in detail from their earliest use to the 20th century.

Traditional Composition Forms in the 20th Century 2

LHAN-316

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: LHAN-315
Department: COMP

A continuation of the survey of forms. Sonata, rondo, simple ternary, and other forms are analyzed in detail and traced through the music of composers from the 18th century to the present day.

The Beethoven String Quartets

LHAN-371

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department: COMP

Comparative study and analysis of the principal Beethoven quartets. Relationship of the quartets to his work as a whole. Examination of the outstanding compositional characteristics of this important body of literature.

Bartók's Chamber Music

LHAN-372

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department: COMP

Score analysis, discussion, and study of Bartók's principal chamber works. Comparison of formal characteristics, scoring, and compositional practices.

Early Chamber Music of Arnold Schoenberg

LHAN-373

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212
Department: COMP

Analysis of the early tonal and free atonal techniques in Schoenberg's pre-1923 compositions. Examinations of the causes and effects of preserial techniques in 20th-century composition.

The Music of J.S. Bach

LHAN-374

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251, and CP-210 or CP-211
Department: COMP

A study of the aesthetic and compositional bases of representative works of J.S. Bach, placing the music in a cultural, biographical, and musicological context. Through lecture, listening, analysis, and discussion, the student will consider the distinctions, as well as the continuities, between the practical composer of weekly cantatas and the abstractionist composer of the Art of the Fugue.

The Music of Igor Stravinsky

LHAN-375

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-210 or CP-211
Department: COMP

An in-depth examination of representative works spanning Stravinsky's total creative output. Concentration on listening and analysis of representative works.

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