Musical Blueprints: Formulas and Procedures for Composing

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Musical Blueprints

Fall 2021

Taught By: Virginia Dellenbaugh

Section: AX

CRN: 11217

Credits: 4

The myth of creative inspiration looms large in Western culture, propagating the myth of the composer as musical genius. An alternative history of Western music, however, reveals procedures and processes that delineate a multitude of concrete compositional approaches. Schoenberg had his 12-tone grid, John Cage relied on chance procedures, Harry Partch created his own instruments. In this course, students will learn the history of various methods, systems and puzzles as well as different conceptual approaches — mathematical, poetic, and aleatoric — for spurring creative practice. Students participate in this historical inquiry by creating musical projects based on these various methods.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 11:03am 10/17/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 002

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021