Lecturer: Erasmus Visiting Professor, Bohdan Syroyid
Responsible Department of Musicology staff member: John Richardson
This is an introductory course aimed at music students interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of the roles of silence in music. Musical silence is a vital component of composition, although very few authors ventured to theorized on its constructive functions and significance. Composers that were aware of the importance of silence explored its creative power as shaper of musical tension, form and potentially all constructive elements of music (rhythm, dynamics, pitch, timbre and texture). The corpus of works examined here spans from early 20th Century music down to present day.
Note: this is not a course on John Cage’s 4’33’’ or analogous silent compositions.
Session 1. Tuesday 25.2 12:00-14:00: Introduction to the Composition of Musical Silences: Definitions, Aims and Scope, Analysis Techniques and Background.
Session 2. Thursday 27.2 10:00-12:00: Musical Silence and Rhythmic Transformations: An Analysis of Selected Compositions by Manuel de Falla, Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky.
Session 3. Monday 2.3 10:00-12:00: Musical Pointillism, Fragmentation and Omission: Silence in the Music of Anton Webern, and Morton Feldman and Salvatore Sciarrino.
Session 4. Tuesday 3.3 10:00-12:00: Sound Sculping through Silence: An overview of Edgard Varèse, György Ligeti and Gérard Grisey.
Session 5. Wednesday 4.3 14:00-16:00. Hybrid Approaches to Silence in the Second Half of the 20th Century: concert and film music of Frédéric Devreese and jazz music of Bill Evans.
Session 6. Thursday 5.3 10:00-12:00. Exploring Silences in 21st Century Music. A study of filtration in Beat Furrer, sonic recreation in Panayiotis Kokoras and immaterialism in Anahita Abbasi
The maximum number of participants for this course is 30. Registration in Nettiopsu 24.1.-17.2.2020 (MUSI1725). Some knowlegde of musical literacy is an advantage for this course.
The course is suitable for one of following study units:
MUSI1725 Music, Media and Contemporary Culture I, 5 ECTS
MUSI3007 Classical Music Studies, 5-10 ECTS
MUSI1726 Music Philosophy, Aesthetics and the Sonic Environment, 5-10 ECTS