Ends and Means: Issues in Composition Spring 2020 - MUS 534

We investigate the continuity between tone, timbre, and harmony by studying music by various composers who are touched by spectralism (broadly defined as an attitude encompassing a variety of styles that derive pitch materials from acoustical phenomenon). We begin by looking at examples from Unsuk Chin, Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Murail, Kaija Saariaho, and Chiyoko Szlavnics, among others. Our objective is not only to gain fluency with the materials but also to understand how each composer unfolds their musical ideas to achieve a certain level of structural depth.

Spring 2020 Class Schedule
M, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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