- Prerequisite: Successful completion of the optional module Paper Composition.
The module seeks to build on the skills and knowledge acquired in the Paper Composition modules offered in Years 1 and 2 with a view to enabling the student to produce a portfolio of compositions using a mixture of traditional music notation and its modern extensions, and which can be performed successfully by a group of specified instrumentalists/vocalists.
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.
Additional seminars, workshops and concerts with BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) and others are an integral and quality part of the course.
Additional seminars, workshops and concerts with BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) 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.