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20th Century Composition Workshop

Sept 2015 Jan 2016

Lecturer
Ivan Tangkulung, Composition
Tel: +62811601459
Ivan_tangkulung@hotmail.com

Course Description
20th Century Composition Workshop will cover 4 big composers of early 20th century,
namely Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. Popular and Typical Works of the 4
composers, including both Piano pieces and Large Orchestral/Chamber works, will be
workshopped and analyzed in order to understand and appreciate better the language
of the composers. Analysis is done both individually and in groups, guided by the
lecturer. The course will culminate in the performance of the stylisticcomposition works by
the students by professional musicians in two concerts throughout the Semester.

Aims:
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To provide the students with the information on representative composers and the
repertoire of the 20th century.
To develop students knowledge of musical language and compositional techniques
of that time
To provide students ample tools to analyze independently 20th century works
To give opportunity for the students to do stylistic writing on the period and have their
works played live by live musicians

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this component students will be able to:

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Analyze, understand and appreciate 20th century music


Stylistic writing of the 20th century music.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, practical coursework, assignements, individual


assignments and presentations.

COURSE OUTLINE
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Introduction to the Course and


Course Overview
Debussy Introduction and His
Musical Language.
Short Composition Exercise with
Quartal, Quintal Harmony
Piano Preludes Analysis and
Presentation by Students.
Guided Group Discussion and
Analysis of Prelude to the Afternoon
of a Faun
Bartok Introduction and His Musical
Language.
Short Composition Exercise with Folk
Melodies, and Polytonality
Mikrokosmos Analysis and
Presentation by Students
Guided Group Discussion and
Analysis Music for Strings, Percussion
and Celesta
Piano solo Composition in the style
of Bartok OR Debussy (3-5 Minutes).
One on One review and comment
Session
Performance of Original Student
Works
Stravinsky Introduction and His
Musical Language
Short Composition Exercise with
Metric Modulation, and Polychord
Guided Group Discussion and
Analysis Rite of Spring Part 1
Guided Group Discussion and
Analysis Rite of Spring Part 2 or
Petrushka
Schoenberg Introduction and His
Musical Language
Short Composition Exercise with
Twelve-Tone
Suite for Piano Analysis and
Presentation by Students
Guided Group Discussion and
Analysis Pierrot Lunaire
Chamber/Orchestral Composition in
the style of Bartok OR Debussy OR

Remarks

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Stravinsky OR Schoenberg (3-5


Minutes). One on One review and
comment Session
Performance/Orchestral Reading of
Original Student Works

Student Composition
The student is expected to be able to compose like his/her chosen composers, using the
musical techniques, harmonic languages, rhythmic treatments and the overall styles of
Debussy/Bartok/Stravinsky/Schoenberg.

Student Presentations and Guided Presentation


The Student is expected to present their research and analysis of the chosen Piano works.
The presentations include informations like stylistic and relevant biographical information
of the composers, and especially detailed analysis of their works. Research is hoped to
be done in academic manner, with ample Reading materials from books, essays,
dissertations and thesis. Hard-copy and Soft-copy Score is also required as a proof of
analysis.
Guided Presentation is done for Larger Orchestral or Chamber Works. Students are
expected to analyze bits and parts of the works, e.g. Harmony, Orchestration, Rhythm,
Melody during class together with the Lecturer to discover the piece.