Master of Contemporary Instrumental Composition – MCIC
Rigour and vanguardism for the demanding composer
The MCIC (Master of Contemporary Instrumental Composition) offers a comprehensive and demanding curriculum designed and taught by an international faculty, specialized in the creation and interpretation of contemporary music.
The main objective is to provide specialized training in contemporary music interpretation, in line with similar existing experiences in other European countries.
We believe in an integrated approach to composition: at first, composition techniques and instrumentation will be dealt with in a diversified way, through the different perspectives and experiences of composers with a strong international track record; moreover, a solid training in applied musicology will confer a philosophical and aesthetic context aiming to give substance to each student’s individual approach; and finally, a close relationship with music interpretation, leading, not only to work with some of the most important performers of the contemporary music scene, but also enabling the rehearsing, interpretation and premiere of works composed during the MCIC. The MCIC is dedicated to graduate composers, but also to composers lacking a high qualification, but possessing a sufficient level of training in the field of contemporary instrumental composition, and with a special interest in this field at a postgradual level.
MCIC is an offer of training at the highest level, with a diversified faculty in its approaches and proposals, a very active artistic life and a creative and professional experience that can be very rewarding for students. It offers the right means to implement the students’ composition projects, in contact with performers who can not only help them improve their projects, but also to open new perspectives of work in the future. In short, it is approached both from the practice of composition and from the individual experiences of teachers and students.
I. Instrumental Composition Techniques
- Contemporary instrumental techniques
- Contemporary compositional techniques
II. Sound: Concepts and Form
- Formalization and musical modeling
- Microtonality: Concepts, interpretation and perception
- The voice as a source for instrumental writing
- Sound Figures: concept and application in the composition
- Engaged Art and Pure Art
III. Technical and Sound resources in contemporary music
- Seminar I: Strings
- Seminar II: Winds
- SSeminar III: Percussion
IV. Master’s Thesis
- Individual tutored composition
- Interpretive and theoretical presentation of several works
- Presentation of the Master Thesis project
- Single payment at the time of enrollment
- Fractionated payment in 2 installments; the first at the time of enrollment and the second in February of the enrolled course
- Fractionated payment in 10 monthly installments from September to June of the course enrolled
- Fractionated payment in 12 monthly installments from July to June of the course enrolled