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Semester 1

Instrumentation and Timbre (MUSI10106)







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Proficiency in reading and writing Western European music notation is required, to a level that facilitates the reading of large-scale orchestral scores. Those wishing to check their eligibility or suitability for this course should email the Course Organiser. **Spaces on Music courses are limited in 2022/23, and so enrolment cannot be guaranteed for any visiting student** This course cannot be taken alongside Composition 2 (MUSI08030) or Composing for Voices and Instruments (MUSI08080).

Course Summary

Instrumentation and timbre remain powerful and evolving means of musical expression in composition for live and mediated performance and screen media. This course will equip you with the practical and analytical techniques necessary to develop a secure technique for instrumental ensemble writing within a creative context.

Course Description

In this course you will develop your instrumental writing and skills related to working with instrumentalists. You will improve your knowledge and understanding of the techniques of creating effective instrumental textures and sonorities and develop your analytical approach to existing orchestral/ensemble repertoire. Score presentation and preparation of performance materials will also be explored, and you will be given opportunity to develop your communication skills and practices applicable to working with professional musicians. This course is practice-based, and you will develop your own skills of instrumental writing through a series of composition and/or arranging exercises. You will also closely examine and analyse 20th- and 21st-Century approaches to instrumentation and explorations of timbre, including the use of synthetic textures and electronics. A weekly series of lectures, supported by fortnightly small-group tutorials, will cover a series of advanced topics in acoustic instrumentation and ensemble writing. You will also take part in a practical workshop session with visiting professional musicians.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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