Orchestration MUSIC1004

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course introduces basic principles of instrumentation together with consideration of historical and compositional factors. In semester 1 you will have lectures on the development of the "classical" orchestra from the 18th to 20th centuries. The assignments will include exercises in analysing and reducing orchestral scores into versions for two pianos and in orchestrating existing piano pieces. In semester 2 you will be shown how to devise three short compositions using techniques inspired by works by 20th century composers and to orchestrate them. You will provide a set of parts for one of them to be performed by professional musicians.

Timetable

One-hour lecture and one hour seminar per week as scheduled in MyCampus.

One 3-hour workshop.
Individual tutorials (2 hrs)

Requirements of Entry

Admission to the BMus programme or Year 2 of the MA programme

Assessment

Three exercises in orchestration, weighted 25% (due mid semester 1), 25% (due end semester 1), 50% (due end semester 2)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To introduce basic principles of instrumentation together with consideration of historical and compositional factors.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:
a) Knowledge of instrumentation
b) Competence in the technical study of orchestration
c) Awareness of historical style and compositional principles relating to instrumental music

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.