Techniques & Analysis

Music is, to a certain extent, like a language. While we are all capable of speaking our mother tongues without having to think about its grammar, such an approach will tend to be insufficient when it comes to writing formal letters or dealing with arcane versions of the language. Music also has its grammar—or at least that is how the theory goes. By analysing the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, we can extract composition techniques to imitate their music, and thus gain an understanding of how their music and its grammar are structured. Participants of this course will be expected to compose at least a sonata movement or a fugue, which will be performed and discussed at a workshop with a professional composer.