CATM

6150

Improvisation in Contemporary Music

Mannes School of Music: Coll of Performing Arts

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Improv in Contemporary Music

Spring 2020

Taught By: Luciano Chessa

Section: A

CRN: 7007

Credits: 2

This course is designed to expose the student to the ever-changing space that has been given to improvisation and improvisational behaviors in new music from World War II to the present. The course will consider music by Earle Brown, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Joan La Barbara, John Zorn, Henry Threadgill, Alvin Curran, Cornelius Cardew, Sylvano Bussotti, George Lewis, Yoko Ono, Bob Ostertag, Giuseppe Chiari, among others, and will attempt to characterize the varying degrees of musical freedom in their scores. How have these composers conceived of improvisation, and how have they created space for it in their musical notation? Are there extra-musical (socio-political) implications of improvisation in their thought? Issues of performance practice will be addressed, as well as copyright/authorship and ethical responsibility in the relationship between performers and composers. The course includes lectures, listening, score analysis, readings, and projects in which students can experiment with improvisation, notation and performance. Improvisation in Contemporary Music is presented as a concentrated, exemplary study of a small number of topics/composers.

College: Mannes School of Music (MC)

Department: Coll of Performing Arts (COPA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:57pm 10/13/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/11/2020

Improv in Contemporary Music

Fall 2019

Taught By: Luciano Chessa

Section: A

CRN: 7801

Credits: 2

This course is designed to expose the student to the ever-changing space that has been given to improvisation and improvisational behaviors in new music from World War II to the present. The course will consider music by Earle Brown, Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Joan La Barbara, John Zorn, Henry Threadgill, Alvin Curran, Cornelius Cardew, Sylvano Bussotti, George Lewis, Yoko Ono, Bob Ostertag, Giuseppe Chiari, among others, and will attempt to characterize the varying degrees of musical freedom in their scores. How have these composers conceived of improvisation, and how have they created space for it in their musical notation? Are there extra-musical (socio-political) implications of improvisation in their thought? Issues of performance practice will be addressed, as well as copyright/authorship and ethical responsibility in the relationship between performers and composers. The course includes lectures, listening, score analysis, readings, and projects in which students can experiment with improvisation, notation and performance. Improvisation in Contemporary Music is presented as a concentrated, exemplary study of a small number of topics/composers.

College: Mannes School of Music (MC)

Department: Coll of Performing Arts (COPA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:01pm 10/13/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 450

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019