Semester 1: Issues in Contemporary Music: 5 weekly seminars on a variety of substantial and influential works, analysis, aesthetic and perceptual issues and aspects of performance. The course requires extensive listening. Tutorials follow.
Semester 2: A tutorial course intended to monitor the preparation of the composition folio, of which at least 50% must be original composition. Final Compositions will be played through by New Music Ensemble in the first week of the Summer Term: see Department Diary for details of deadlines relating to this element of the course.
Additional seminars, workshops and concerts with BCMG are an integral and quality part of the course. Attendance is required (10% of the final mark) and one mark will be subtracted for each unjustified absence. Bona fide membership of New Music Ensemble so as to develop an understanding of twentieth century performance practices is also required.