Composition Courses

COND-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-217 or COND-351
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Rehearsing and recording to picture with live performers under studio conditions. Focus on preparation, efficiency, and accurate synchronization.

COND-421

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-311 or COND-351
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

An advanced course for conductors in the development of effective technical, musical, and psychological skills, including planning (choice of literature, aesthetic and practical considerations, allotment of rehearsal time); musical preparation (development of interpretation, choice of tempi, stylistic factors, identifying difficult or tricky passages, editing parts for bowing and breathing); rehearsal (pacing, including alternating woodshedding with play-through; balancing dynamics; using effective gestures with the baton, face, left hand, and body; giving effective verbal instructions; intonation; listening and prioritizing; stopping and starting; knowing when to be satisfied); and human factors (mutual respect and honesty, shared responsibility, ensemble esprit de corps, and psychological momentum).

COND-484

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: FILM majors
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair and concurrent enrollment in FS-P484
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course functions as a companion to FS-P484 Scoring Silent Films 1, and prepares the students in that course for the specific challenges of conducting music live to picture in a concert setting. It is to be taken concurrently with FS-P484. Use of punches and streamers will be emphasized, as well as rehearsal technique. The course will culminate in a live performance of a silent film from a previous semester, and will prepare the students to conduct their own music the following semester in FS-485 Scoring Silent Films 2. 

COND-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217 and written approval of instructor and course chair
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Supervised preparation and performance of an approved conducting project. Projects may originate with recitalists or from various departments such as Film Scoring, Contemporary Writing and Production, and Music Production and Engineering. The student will conduct at least one project from the following categories: studio recording, recital or live concert requiring a conductor, or preparing and conducting a work with an ensemble.

COND-P391

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Presentation and discussion on the topics of what it takes to succeed as a professional conductor in the 21st century. Several topics will be presented throughout the semester, including how to run a recording session, the business aspect of being a conductor, interpersonal responsibilities, management, and planning. Conducting remains one of the music's elusive professions: why do some succeed while others fail? Following Richard Strauss, we spend our whole lives trying to become better conductors, only to find out at the end of our lives how much more we have to learn. In addition, the financial and managerial aspects of our organizations and of our own careers ought never to be too far from our minds: for in them we occupy the dual roles of senior manager and principal artist.

CP-210

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-112, ET-112, and CM-211 or CM-251
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

This course instructs students in the fundamental principles of free counterpoint (i.e., composition with melodic lines) with an emphasis on two-part writing. Through the utilization of a three-pronged focus on principles, literature, and experiential practice, students complete exercises and projects involving composition and performance within the common-practice period with additional attention to and experience in contemporary tonal practice.

 

CP-215

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP, CWPR, and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CP-210
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

A thorough study of the Two and Three-Part Inventions of J.S. Bach through analysis and composition within a functional tonal language. There will be two projects, a two-part invention and a three-part invention in the style of Bach.

CP-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252, and CP-212 or CP-215
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

Analysis and writing of three- and four-voice imitative counterpoint based on traditional models. Models include fugue, chorale prelude, and passacaglia or chaconne.

CP-350

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-212 or CP-215
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

The course is based on the examination of different realms of 20th-century counterpoint through the detailed analysis of contrapuntal styles and techniques of leading innovative composers such as Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Bartók, Messiaen, Honegger, Barber, and composers of the New Viennese School. More recent stages in the evolution of counterpoint will be studied in examples by Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, and Gubaidulina, as well as contemporary American composers (including Berklee composers).

LHAN-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Degree – all except COMP and MUED majors; Diploma – FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251 and CP-210 or CP-211
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

A survey of the major styles in Western music from about A.D. 600 to the conclusion of the baroque. This includes a summary of ancient music. Audiovisual examples of scores and photographs of related works of art.

LHAN-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Degree – all except COMP and MUED majors; Diploma – FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212, and CP-210 or CP-212
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

A survey of the major styles in Western music from the early classical period to the present. Audiovisual examples; correlation of characteristics of each period with activities in related arts.

LHAN-P317

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 and CP-210
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course offers the student the aesthetic foundations and practical approaches to program music, which is one of the most important fields in music composition throughout different epochs. This course focuses on the contemporary period. Based on the interaction between music, literature, theater, visual arts, history, and philosophy, LHAN-P317 gives the student an opportunity to deepen the comprehension of various aspects of music theory and history and to learn a broad range of techniques and practical methods in composition.

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