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MUSC8010 - Composition 2

Title:Composition 2
Long Title:Composition 2
Module Code:MUSC8010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2021/22 ( September 2021 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: MARIA JUDGE
Module Description: This module builds on the skills developed in Composition Project 1. Through score study and workshops the learner will become familiar with ensemble music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with particular focus on the post-1945 period. He/she will also further develop and explore an individual voice through class-based lectures and workshops. This module pays particular attention to small ensembles of multiple forces which may include electronic elements.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recognise, expand upon and develop the characteristics of thematic material
LO2 Compose for ensemble of multiple forces, with or without electronics
LO3 Demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary compositional techniques complemented by a sound knowledge of traditional and contemporary harmony and a basic contrapuntal awareness
LO4 Orchestrate a complete work for small ensemble of multiple forces
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Composition Project 1, Core Musicianship 6, Conducting and Orchestration project 2
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Score Reading
Exploring the repertory of the post-1945 period with particular emphasis on the repertory for small ensemble (with and without electronics) and score analysis in terms of content, structure, concepts and orchestration.
Exploring extended instrumental techniques, non-conventional notation, the incorporation of electronics, form and harmonic language in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Exploring the combination of multiple forces in small ensembles to create different sonic effects and timbres
Portfolio presentation techniques, advanced music software notation skills, the writing of analytical commentaries to accompany the composition portfolio.
Workshops may be organized and recorded.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous Assessment of skill development incorporating new compositional and instrumental techniques in class exercises 1,3 30.0 Every Week
Project Portfolio 1,2,3,4 70.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Class based instruction 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study of selected scores and work on portfolio 5.5 Every Week 5.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Attending Symphony Orchestra/Wind Ensemble Rehearsals 2.0 Every Month 0.50
Total Hours 8.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bruce Cole 1996, The composer's handbook [ISBN: 0946535809]
  • Michael Nyman 1999, Experimental music [ISBN: 0521653835]
  • Arnold Schoenberg 1967, Fundamentals of musical composition [ISBN: 0571196586]
  • Walter Piston 1980, Orchestration [ISBN: 0575011391]
  • John Cage 1968, Silence : lectures & writings [ISBN: 0714505269]
  • Thom Holmes 2002, Electronic and experimental music : pioneers in technology and composition [ISBN: 0415936438]
  • Dave Black and Tom Gerou 1998, Essential dictionary of orchestration : ranges, general characteristics, technical considerations, scoring tips : the most practical and comprehensive resource for composers, arrangers & orchestrators [ISBN: 0739000217]
  • Simon Loeffler 2012, b, (score online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSd30yxVjgU)
  • Jessie Marino, Rot Blau, (score online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U9cuxwLVNo)
  • Terry Riley 1964, In C
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen 1960, Kontakte, (score online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_UHaulsw3M)
  • Jennifer Walshe, unbreakable line. hinged waist., (score online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbgS_mEdBmA)
  • Jennifer Walshe 2002, here we are now, (score online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPeJUsZsksI)
  • Robert Ashley 2010, World War III Just the Highlights, (score extract online: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/PAJJ_a_00089)
  • Russell Hartenberger 2020, The Cambridge Companion to Rhythm [ISBN: 9781108631730]
  • Jean-Michel Reveillac 2019, Electronic Music Machines: The New Musical Instruments [ISBN: 9781786303]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Arnold Schoenberg 1975, Style and idea : selected writings of Arnold Schoenberg [ISBN: 0571097227]
  • Arnold Schoenberg 1978, Theory of harmony [ISBN: 0571109330]
  • Robert Morgan (ed.) 1997, Source Readings in Music History, The Twentieth Century [ISBN: 0393952843]
  • Iannis Xenakis 1992, Formalized music : thought and mathematics in composition [ISBN: 0945193246]
  • Leon Dallin 1964, Techniques of twentieth century composition
  • Rob Young (ed.) 2011, Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music [ISBN: 9780826464507]
  • Curtis Roads 1994, The computer music tutorial [ISBN: 9780262680820]
  • John Cacavas, Music arranging and orchestration
  • Henry Mancini 1986, Sounds and scores : a practical guide to professional orchestration [ISBN: 0898986672]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 6 Elective
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 8 Elective

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