Harry Partch/Microtonal Music Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2012 University Catalog

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This is a specialized program that requires a basic level of understanding of music. Harry Partch (1901-1974) was active between 1930 and 1972 as a composer, theorist and instrument inventor. He built his instruments in a new microtonal tuning system for the performance of music dramas, dance theater, multi-media extravaganzas, vocal music and chamber music. Influences for his work included Greek mythology, Asian and Native American music and his experiences as a hobo. He developed a "concept of corporeality" based on the integration of the elements of speech with music that explored expanded melodic and harmonic possibilities. He was the author of a treatise, Genesis of a Music, that explained his philosophy and theory of intonation.
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Curriculum Requirements:  All university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, click here.)  In addition, the following requirements apply to the minor:

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HARRY PARTCH/MICROTONAL MUSIC MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 4 courses:

      MUCP 102 Theory II (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUCP 104 Aural Skills II 1
      MUCP 361 Advanced Studies in Microtonal Music (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUHS 261 Harry Partch - Life Works (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete the Harry Partch ensemble six times for a total of 3 semester hours:

      MUPR 301 Chamber Ensemble Performance 0.5
  2. Complete a total of 5 semester hours from the following:

    1.  

      MUCP 362 Microtonal Composition Projects (2 hours lecture) 2
      MUHS 407 Music History III (3 hours lecture) 3
      MUTC 361 Music Instrument Invention (2 hours lab) 2
    2. Up to four semesters of Harry Partch Ensemble and four semesters of Contemp Chamber Ensemble may be used as elec:

      MUPR 301 Chamber Ensemble Performance 0.5

Course Descriptions:

MUCP102: Theory II (3 hours lecture)

Continuation of MUCP 101. Must be taken with MUCP 104. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 101; Music majors or minors only.

MUCP104: Aural Skills II

Continuation of MUCP 103; must be taken with MUCP 102. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 103; Music majors or minors only.

MUCP361: Advanced Studies in Microtonal Music (3 hours lecture)

Advanced studies in Microtonal Music, Harry Partch's theories and compositions, contemporary compositional applications. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUHS 361.

MUCP362: Microtonal Composition Projects (2 hours lecture)

Composition projects for the MSU Harry Partch Ensemble. May be repeated 3 times for a total of 8 credits. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MUHS 361.

MUHS261: Harry Partch - Life Works (3 hours lecture)

Survey of basic theories, instrument inventions, compositions. Features hands-on introduction to instruments, just intonation, acoustics, and ear training. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUCP 102.

MUHS407: Music History III (3 hours lecture)

Major figures, forms, genres and styles from Debussy to the present. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MUHS 308; Music majors and minors only.

MUPR301: Chamber Ensemble Performance

Study through playing or singing of chamber music in ensembles of varying size and musical styles. May be repeated for credit. 0.5 sh.

Prerequisites: John J Cali School of Music approval.

MUTC361: Music Instrument Invention (2 hours lab)

Studies in the acoustics and intrument construction through creative projects and ongoing maintenance of Harry Partch instrumentarium. May be repeated 3 times for a total of 8 credits. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: MUHS 261.