Higher Education

Techniques of the Contemporary Composer, 1st Edition

  • Jerry Lee Ford, Jr University of California, Santa Cruz
  • ISBN-10: 0028647378  |  ISBN-13: 9780028647371
  • 250 Pages
  • © 1997 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $119.75



This text is a practical guide to the compositional techniques, resources, and technologies available to composers today. Each chapter traces the development of traditional and modern elements that form the foundation of music in the late twentieth century. Among the subjects discussed are interval exploration, serialism, pitch-class sets, twelve-tone music, electronic music, algorithmic composition, and indeterminacy.

Table of Contents

1. Basics.
2. The Tonal Legacy.
3. New Roles of Melody.
4. Harmony, Counterpoint, and Hierarchy.
5. Interval Exploration.
6. Serialism.
7. Pitch-Class Sets.
8. Rhythm and Meter.
9. Texture and Modulations.
10. Microtones.
11. Percussion and the Prepared Piano.
12. New Techniques and Instruments.
13. New Notations.
14. Indeterminacy.
15. Musique Concrete.
16. Electronic Music.
17. Algorithmic Composition.
18. Media Forms.
19. Minimalism.
20. Experimental Music.
21. Decategorization.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 19 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Jerry is also the author or co-author of 28 other books including Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft WSH and VBScript programming for the Absolute Beginner, and Microsoft Windows Shell Script Programming for the Absolute Beginner. He has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in Information Technology. He lives in Hanover, Virginia with his wife, Mary, and their children Alexander, William, and Molly.