A hands-on introduction to some key works from the string quartet repertoire, and an excellent opportunity to learn about writing for the medium.
Module will run
Spring Term 2020-21
The aim of this 10 credit module is the introduction to some key works from the string quartet repertoire; and, with its hands-on approach, it is an excellent opportunity to learn about writing for the medium. Whilst some key works from the classical period (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven) will be the starting point, the focus of the project will be the 20th & 21st Century repertoire and masterworks by composers such as Bartok, Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, and Ligeti, among others. The assignments will consist of three exercises concerning the melodic, harmonic and timbral aspects, which will serve as a starting point for a short and concise composition for string quartet.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the taught part of the project all students should:
have extended their knowledge of the 20th century string quartet repertoire;
have developed a deeper analytical awareness;
have acquired a good understanding of compositional techniques as demonstrated in some key-works by 20th and 21st century composers;
broadened their knowledge of issues concerning the composers stylistic individuality