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Seminar 1

Developing Variation

A talk on how to develop your material - the single most important part of any composer’s skill set.

​Selections from composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, James Newton Howard, Rossini, Herrmann, Debussy, Coltrane, Mahler, Williams, and Copland.

Topics covered: What is a Motive? - The Phrase - Techniques of Development - Repetition - Sequence - Form - Rhythm - Orchestration - Reharmonization - Register

85 minutes


Seminar 2

Examining film scores

A chance to listen to, and learn about, several magnificent movie scores. Special emphasis will be on discovering new techniques to incorporate into your own writing.

Selections from composers: Michael Giacchino (John Carter), John Williams (Schindler's List), Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins), Michael Kamen (Robin Hood) Elmer Bernstein (To Kill a Mockingbird), and Tom Newman (Shawshank Redemption)

Topics covered: Texture- Doubling - Orchestral Weight - Issues of Form - Highlighting - Intriguing Instrumental Combinations - Modulations - How a Composer Alters a Cue after Hearing it Live

110 minutes.


Seminar 3

The Rite of Spring and Le Tombeau De Couperin

An examination of  how Stravinsky and Ravel turned their piano works into the orchestral masterpieces we know and love.

Selections from composers: Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring), Maurice Ravel (Le Tombeau de Couperin)

Topics covered: Unusual Instrumentation - Harmonic Innovations- Stravinsky Rhythm - Solo versus Tutti - Use of Contrast - Adding harmonic pads- New Material not Present in the Original Piano Score - What is the Role of the Percussion? - How is the Atmosphere Established?

120 minutes.


Seminar 4

Modes and Hexachords

An examination of the usage of modes, pentatonic scales, and hexachords to enrich your writing and help your writing become more sophisticated.

Selections from composers:

Poulenc, Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Satie, Bartok, and Casella.

100 minutes.