Turun Yliopisto / University of Turku (Finland)

2019-2020

University of Turku. Beyond Sound and Noise: Musical Silences in 20th and Early 21st Century (Silence on Contemporary Music). 5 ECTS (February 25 – August 1, 2020). MA & BA Musicology

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Erasmus Visiting Professor, BOHDAN SYROYID SYROYID. Responsible Department of Musicology staff member: JOHN RICHARDSON

This is an introductory course aimed at music students interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of the roles of silence in music. Musical silence is a vital component of composition, although very few authors ventured to theorized on its constructive functions and significance. Composers that were aware of the importance of silence explored its creative power as shaper of musical tension, form and potentially all constructive elements of music (rhythm, dynamics, pitch, timbre and texture). The corpus of works examined here spans from early 20th Century music down to present day. Note: this is not a course on John Cage’s 4’33’’ or analogous silent compositions.