Composition II - Learning to Continue


Instructor - Andrew James Clark -


This course uses Sonata Form to foster the basic composition skills needed to expand and develop musical ideas into cohesive musical narratives. Acquiring these skills will help students avoid developing a dependancy on sequences, literal repetition, and improvisation as a method to extend their work indefinitely. The course will culminate with the composition of a one movement Sonata.

Course Outline


    Lesson 0: Introduction to String and Woodwind Instruments

    Lesson 1: Sonatina (Solo Wind Instrument)  

    Lesson 2: Scherzo & Trio (With Multiple Wind Instruments)

    Lesson 3: Developing Variation: Liquidation, Elimination, Compression

    Lesson 4: Developing Variation: Elaboration, Extension, Expansion

    Lesson 5: Sonata Form: Exposition and Recapitulation

    Lesson 6: Sonata Form: Development, Developmental Cores and Cadential Evasion

    Lesson 7: Climax in Sonata Form

    Lesson 8: Climactic Options in Sonata Form

    Lesson 9: Haydn’s Sonatas

    Lesson T: Mozart’s Sonatas / Sonata-Rondo

    Lesson E: The Symphony