About Time (MCO4109.01)

Nicholas Brooke

In this course, students will work on a extended piece (9+ minutes), as well as a suite of miniatures (< 30 seconds). By playing with scale and continuity, students will be challenged to find their own way to extend their ideas while enriching their own musical language. Students can propose a piece in any style or forces, and we will work together to recruit instrumentalists or resources towards an end-of-term performance or installation. Weekly listening and readings will focus on analysis of long-form pieces, as well as how duration interacts with installational, improvisational, and multi-disciplinary contexts. Listenings and readings will be gathered from a broad range of long-form repertoires, with some focus on classical forms from East and South Asia such as khyal, sanjo, and gagaku. Class discussion will involve feedback on projects and compositional process, and we’ll discuss form, aesthetic, orchestration, and idiomatic writing in related works.

Learning Outcomes:
* learn to create large-scale works and develop their ideas durationally.
* Improve their composition and musicianship skills
* improve their time-management and project planning skills, given the scope of the piece
* learn to recruit amateur and professional performers and/or resources in preparation for a final performance.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous composition course and permission of instructor (nbrooke@bennington.edu).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Composition , Fully In-Person
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