What is the course about?
This course will both introduce you to one of the first famous minimalist compositions, and also help you to improve you ensemble skills. Terry Riley’s In C comprises 53 melodic segments which are played in a semi-improvised structure by a flexible instrumental ensemble. Drawing on ideas from the history and various recordings of this work, we will plan and rehearse our own performance, learning the melodic segments together, in combinations, and with/without metronome as we gain confidence.
What will we cover?
*- The content, structure and performing methods of Terry Riley's In C
* How to read the score and interpret the structure
* Listening and responding to others in a semi-improvised workshop performance
* The session will culminate in a complete performance of In C.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
* improve your skill and confidence in listening and playing in an ensemble
* improve your skill and confidence in improvisation
* understand the style and structure of the work
* participate in a performance of In C.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to be able to play short melodic segments notated in treble clef, and stay in tune and in time with other instrumentalists. Not suitable for complete beginners. For players of any melody instrument with a minimum ABRSM Grade 3 standard.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor explanation and demonstration
Practising playing segments together and independently following a performance director
You may wish to prepare by learning the melodic segments; if so, you may download the score from the IMSLP website [external].
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your instrument. Music will be provided.
In C has flexible scoring: any string or wind melody instruments (including transposing instruments such as sax or clarinet). There will be a maximum of 4 places for pianists and 4 places for electric guitars.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in learning more about this kind of music through Composition techniques, Sonic Arts, or Music appreciation courses such as Experimental and Postmodern music or Exploring classical music: module 3
City Lit runs many Ensembles throughout during the year, including String ensemble, String chamber music, City Lit wind ensemble, Flute and clarinet choir, Chamber music, Orchestra workshop, Jazz ensembles and Big Band. Your tutors will be able to advise you what it suitable for your instrument and level of skills and experience.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details