MUS545: Contexts of Composition: Computers for Composers
This class provides a hands-on introduction to computer techniques, focusing on Max/MSP, but branching out into other areas depending on the interests of the class. There are two main goals of the class.
We study and respond to 10 albums from the 1970s to the present, considering songwriting, arranging, production, lyrics, performance practices, vocal styles, and all the related
elements to go into making these albums what they are.
This course includes score study and compositional prompts that traditionally fall under the heading of orchestration as well as broader inquiry into the manifold possibilities and practicalities of composing for orchestra.
MUS520: Topics in Music from 1600 to 1800: Handel: Sources, Editing, and the Imagination
Focusing on selected operas and oratorios of Handel, in particular "Messiah", the seminar focuses on ways of reading 18th-century musical sources by modern editors of critical editions and by earlier musicians, such as Mozart and
A composition course for independent, self-directed composers working in any style. The primary requirement is to compose a substantial piece and present it at our class concert at the end of the semester.
In this course we will try to understand the complex phenomenon of "tonality." We will theorize about harmony, voice leading, and scales, studying works by Gesualdo, Beethoven, Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel, Reich, and cont
The Princeton University Steel Drum Band is a performance ensemble focused on the traditional musics of Trinidad and Tobago. The primary focus of the ensemble will be on performance practice. No previous experience is necessary.
This course will focus on: 1) the development of competency in conducting technique, 2) verbal and non-verbal communication in rehearsal, 3) the study of choral repertoire of various styles and genres, emphasizing analysis and interpretation and
To lay the foundations for a thorough understanding of the principles of linear structure and voice-leading through the study of species counterpoint. Twice weekly exercises will lead to a complete 4-5 voice Mass Movement as a final project.