Students will study orchestral compositions by the most recognized 21st-century concert music composers. Each week a recent major orchestral work will be discussed and analyzed aurally using a systematic descriptive approach analyzing: medium, meter, tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony, tonality, texture, form, orchestration, dynamics, text, and programmatic considerations. Composers included will be 21st-century winners of composition prizes such as the Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Prize. Other recognized composers establishing the current trends of orchestral music will also be included. The list of composers and pieces analyzed will change in future as current trends in composition evolve and become established.
All B.M. and P.D. students