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Ways and Means: Spontaneous Composition

Alan Shockley, director

This semester, the conservatory offered a new course: MUS 495 / 595 Ways and Means: Spontaneous Composition. Over the last several weeks the class has listened to and studied works of improvisation and spontaneous composition, examples of intuitive music and studied Pauline Oliveros’ concept of Deep Listening. The class has embraced improvisation, played and created graphic prompts for improvisation and graphic scores, text scores, and meditative works built on drones and repetitive patterns.

Tonight the class will present a sampling of works reflective of the course as a whole, including performing a graphic score by Stanford faculty composer Mark Applebaum, another graphic score from the 1950s created by composer Earle Brown. Most of the works on the program will be created on the spot using guidelines created by the students in the course, and some of these have graphic prompts, while others give their guidelines with text. We will conclude with a text score by Pauline Oliveros.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • 8:00pm
  • Daniel Recital Hall
  • Tickets FREE

Winter Session I

(online only)

More info at the CSULB Winter Sessions website.

  • December 18, 2019—January 17, 2020

Winter Session II

(on campus & online)

More info at the CSULB Winter Sessions website.

  • January 2, 2020—January 17, 2020
  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
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