MUC2101
Composition Skills 3

Syllabus - Fall 2016 (preliminary)


Workshop in composition techniques, exploring use of styles and devices of contemporary art music.
    Credits: 1
Prereq: One year of basic music theory or written permission of instructor. Required for all majors in theory/composition.

Required Texts:

    (available online via numerous vendors)
Persichetti, Vincent. Twentieth-Century Harmony: Creative Aspects and Practice, 4th Revised ed.
(W. W. Norton & Company, 1961).
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Materials Required:

    High quality music manuscript paper
    Soft lead pencils, No. 2 or softer
    (6) CD-R blank disks for PROJECTS
    (1) 4 GB Flash Drive (for data backup)

Grading:

    20% Class Participation
    25% Composition Assignments/Projects
    10% Small Concert Presentations
    15% Listening Reports
    5% Assigned Bibliography
    25% Final Project

Office: Office 221/Lab 147/Studio 340/Lair 231
Office Phone No.: 273-3176
Office Hours: see schedule
Professor: Dr. James Paul Sain [email]
Listserv (closed): ufcomp-l@lists.ufl.edu

Policies:

1) All listening selections are from the Music Library Listening Area; please plan your time accordingly. A lack of planning on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on the part of the library support staff.

2) Late work is not accepted.

3) Attendance is required at all classes. Should a class be missed, it is the student's responsibility to see that the lecture notes from the missed class are obtained from a classmate and any work assigned is completed by their return (a class list will be supplied to help facilitate this policy). After three (3) class absences your grade will be lowered one grade increment for each absence after three (ie A to A-, or C to C-). Your grade will be lowered one grade increment for each UnBalanced Connection concert missed. Each missed concert or presentation will also result in a reduction in your grade by one increment.

4) Plan early for your composition projects...things have a way of happening at the last minute.

5) The requirements, emphasis, and timing of this course may be changed or adjusted to meet the specific needs of the class as determined by the instructor.

6) All students of The University of Florida are expected to conduct themselves in a reasonable and professional manner at all times as described in the Student Honor Code; please refer to The Code for specifics.

7) UF Software Copyright Policy: All faculty, staff and students of the University of Florida are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against the University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.

8) UF Counseling Services - Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance.

    These resources include:
    1.University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career counseling;
    2.Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal counseling;
    3.Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling;
    4.Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.

    9) Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office in Peabody Hall. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

    10) My office door is always open; please feel free to drop by to discuss class issues as the need arises.

Grading Scale:
    A100-94%
    A-93-90%
    B+89-87%
    B86-83%
    B-82-80%
    C+79-77%
    C76-73%
    C-72-70%
    D+69-67%
    D66-63%
    D-62-60%
    E59-0%


Course Outline

Week 1 (Aug 23/25)
  • Persichetti :: Forward

Week 2 (Aug 30/Sept 1)
  • Persichetti :: 1. Intervals

    - Compose, #4
Week 3 (Sept 6/8)
  • Persichetti :: 2. Scale Material

    - Compose, #20 (adapted for class instruments - tuba + trombone, oboe and piano)
Week 4 (Sept 13/15)
  • Persichetti :: Chords By Thirds

    - Compose, #7 (for piano with oboe compliments)
Week 5 (Sept 20/22)
  • Persichetti :: Chords By Fourths

    - Compose, #5 (for men's voices)
    Listening Report 1
Week 6 (Sept 27/29)
  • Persichetti :: Added-Note Chords

    - Compose, #5 (using your voice as soloist)
Week 7 (Oct 4/6)
  • Persichetti :: Chords By Seconds

    - Compose, #1 (for guest soloist, trombone and tuba)
    Declaration of Bibliography Topic
Week 8 (Oct 11/13)
  • Persichetti :: Polychords

    - Compose, #1 (for solo piano)
Week 9 (Oct 18/20)
  • Persichetti :: Compound and Mirror Harmony

    - Compose, #2 (sketch for chamber orchestra)
Week 10 (Oct 25/27)
  • Persichetti :: Harmonic Direction

    - Compose, #10 (short score format)
    Listening Report 2
Week 11 (Nov 1/3)
  • Persichetti :: Timing And Dynamics

    - Compose, #9 (Oboe and tuba)
Week 12 (Nov 8/10)
  • Persichetti :: Embellishment and Transformation

    - Compose, #13
Week 13 (Nov 15/17)
  • Persichetti :: Key Centers

    - Compose, #8
    Bibliography Due
Week 14 (Nov 22)
  • Persichetti :: Harmonic Synthesis

    - Compose, #1 (for class resouces)
Week 15 (Nov 29/Dec 1)
  • Persichetti

    Listening Report 3
Week 16 (Dec 6)
  • Final Portfolio Presentations



    Additional Listening

    1. cluster chords Ernest Bloch: Piano Sonata No. 1 - CD 612
    Alan Hovhaness: Magnificat, op. 157 - L 5750v.5
    Wallingford Riegger: Music for Brass Choir - CD 1570
    Alban Berg: Wozzeck - L 8410
    Edgard Varèse: Ionication - CD 763 (score M985.V3 I6 1967)
    2. quartal/quintal Aaron Copland: Piano Fantasy - CDD 358
    Arthur Honegger: King David - CD 3137
    Roger Sessions: Symphony No. 2 - CD 1571
    Igor Stravinsky: Septet - CD 2943
    William Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - CD 169
    3. free serial Alban Berg: Violin Concerto - CD 353
    Irving Fine: String Quartet No. 1 - CD 1572
    Luigi Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero - CD 1528
    Wallingford Reigger: Symphony No. 3 - CD 1570
    George Rochberg: String Quartet No. 1 - CD 3490 v.1
    Igor Stravinsky: Agon - CD 2177


LISTENING REPORTS: A written critique of compositions on each listening list. These typed reports should contain objective prose describing the works on the listening list that demonstrates an understanding of the techniques used to produce the work as well as the aesthetic of the composition.

COMPOSITION ASSIGNMENTS/PROJECTS: The composition assignments will be handed in by the due date in Finale/Sibelius computer notation and bound for professtional presentation. Class projects could be, for example, the presentation of a contemporary composition recording (written within the last 30 years) at the beginning of each class. Or, it could be the presentation of an assigned theoretical analysis.

CONCERT PRESENTATION: A composition is not "finished" until it is presented in concert. Each composition assignment will be presented by the class in a concert setting. The class members will determine an organizational structure that will produce a program and flyer/poster for the concert presentations. The class is encouraged to find alternative spaces appropriate to the assignment/project for the presentation concert.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Each student will be assigned a contemporary composer, born not earlier than 1950, and compile a bibliography/discography of the composer's works.

FINAL PROJECT: Creative work to demonstrate understanding and application of principles discussed and experienced during the course of the semester. The final project will be presented during the final examination time for the course. All final projects will be considered for performance a the SCI Student Chapter concert.

UNBALANCED CONNECTION CONCERTS: All students should attend the UnBalanced Connection concert on Friday, 28 Oct. 2016, at 7:30p. All students are required to set-up, attend, and tear-down for this concert (set-up usually begins at 2:00p on the concert day). The concert will be held in MUB 101 unless otherwise noted. Please clear your schedules early to avoid a conflict.

COMPOSITION STUDIO: All students studying composition at the University of Florida, as a major or non-major, should attend and participate in the Composition Studio (especially if you want to become a major). The studio meets every Monday during the 4:05 hour.

SAFETY HINT: Always keep several back-up copies of your Finale/Sibelius files on multiple flash drives; if you have a personal computer you may wish to keep one copy on your personal hard-drive.

- last update 17 August 2017 -