MUSV3118 - Formal Compositional Strategies A


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

The course combines compositional practices with studies of musical scores and musical analysis. The aim is to obtain insight into different procedures of creating compositional forms. The formal processes in compositions from different parts of history, as well as contemporary compositions with different aesthetic foundations, are studied in the light of different analytical theories.

Learning outcome


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3118

  • has in-depth knowledge about compositional form strategies
  • has general knowledge of the musicological and compositional fields the advanced subject belongs to
  • has knowledge of historical and contemporary research questions within the subject
  • has knowledge of theories and research methods within the subject
  • has knowledge which makes it possible to place and understand the subject within the frame of history of musical composition and history of research


An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3118

  • can express his/her deepened knowledge in a convincing way, both in writing and speech
  • can individually find and assess relevant research based knowledge to illuminate a problem within the subject
  • can, based on his/her deepened knowledge, discuss academic texts in a diversified way, enter a dialogue with the texts of others and carry out his/her own reasoning, both in writing and speech
  • can utilize analytical methods on an independent and critical basis

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and a syllabus, combined with a curriculum of musical works for analysis, as well as practical exercises where this is relevant for the content and focus of the course.

Further on evaluation

The essay for the home examination has a maximum length of 10 typed pages (line-spacing 1.5, 12pt font size).

If the course is not passed, the student must retake the whole assessment.

Specific conditions

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV3017 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Musicology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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