531, 532 Composition
Emphasis is on the individual student's original work and upon the study and discussion of pieces pertinent to that work.
533 Seminar in Analysis
The compositional particulars of one large-scale work, usually from the 20th century, are studied, with occasional reference to ancillary and related compositions.
534 End and Means: Issues in Composition
Perry R. Cook, Steven Mackey Paul Lansky D. Trueman Dmitri Tymoczko
A consideration of the more elusive but fundamental aspects of composition: continuity; change--goal-directed, circular, sudden; tempo and texture; rhythms of harmony, contrapuntal interaction, succession of ideas, and surface attack; the "extra-musical;" contextual logic and ad-hoc systems; and sonic image, form, and idea.
536 Serial Music
A critical examination primarily of 12-tone serialism. Particular emphasis is given to the relations embodied in the 12-tone set and its transformations, associated invariants, combinatoriality, derivation, and aggregate structure, with reference to representative compositional realizations. The dimensions and levels of structure that do not necessarily manifest set relations are also examined.
537 Points of Focus in 20th-Century Music
Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Dmitri Tymoczko, Barbara White
Selected areas in 20th-century music are chosen for detailed examination and study. Representative works are subjected to critical scrutiny, and an attempt may be made to draw conclusions regarding larger theoretical, analytical, and social issues.
538 Computer Music: Compositional Applications
Paul Lansky, Dan Trueman
The use and design of computer-based synthetic instruments and compositional software is studied. Emphasis is on the construction of computer-musical environments for the realization of sound as well as for compositional assistance.
539 Acoustics and Compositional Resources
Issues in the applications of signal-processing techniques to compositional adaptations focusing on understanding the acoustic properties of musical as well as nonmusical sounds as well as the study of the application of current computer technology.
540 Composing Opera
An introduction to some of the compositional problems pertinent to opera. Musical potentials of language and dramatic structure as well as theatrical potentials of music are explored through experiments in text setting and libretto construction.
542 Instrumentation and Performance
Barbara White, Michael Pratt
A study of the characteristics of individual instruments, including extended contemporary techniques and writing arrangements for chamber ensemble and for orchestra. Special attention is given to problems of combining voice and instruments. The arrangements written for this class are performed by the Composers' Ensemble at Princeton and the Princeton University Orchestra, and problems of performance involving notation, rehearsal, and conducting are examined.
Steven Mackey, Daniel Trueman, Barbara White
Improvisation with conventional, unconventional, and electronic instruments; in groups of various sizes; with and without other mediums, in various physical and social contexts, both structured and unstructured is explored. The emphasis is on collaboration and interaction.
545 Contexts of Composition
Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Daniel Trueman, Dmitri Tymoczko, Barbara White
An examination of the proliferating variety of relations between composers and composition, in film, theater, and dance; technologically based systems and collaborative situations. Extended meanings of composition including new applications made possible by technology and recording and the exploration of musical extensibility of subjects such as meditation, games, ritual, social action, and cognitive science.
548 Contexts of Music Theory
This seminar scrutinizes musical values and formulational cogency in various approaches to musical description, explanation, speculation, and polemic.
549 Topics in Tonal Theory
Kofi Agawu, Scott G. Burnham, Steven Mackey, Dmitri Tymoczko
Topics such as theoretical models, analytical procedures, and the relationship of each to theories of composition and performance may be covered.
550 Current Topics in Theory and Analysis
Kofi Agawu, Scott Burnham, Dmitri Tymoczko, Barbara White
The presentation and examination of an important work of current interest in theory and analysis and original research of faculty members and graduate students are explored.