The piano has long been a primary tool for composition for Western composers; how has its design influenced the development of music and how might it be reinvented to spur new ideas? Through readings, analysis, writings, and composition exercises, we will explore these questions, and more broadly the relationship between instrument design and the creative process. Specific topics will include: harmony and the keyboard; tuning and temperament; rhythm, meter and machines; preparing the piano, digital and analog. More generally, we will consider the productive tension between qualitative and quantitative understandings of musical concepts.
Sep 14, 2016 - Jan 17, 2017
Tuesday 01:30 PM - 04:20 PM
Woolworth Music Center, Room 033