Composition Seminar

The compostion seminar is a distinctive and important part of our composition program at the University of Manitoba. It is a twice-weekly colloquium in which students, faculty and guest artists discuss a wide range of topics, including composition techniques, repertoire, performance practice, analysis, aesthetics, arts funding, and the role of the arts in society.

Recent topics have included:

  • Berg: Wozzeck
  • Hiller: The Illiac Suite
  • Allen Pettersson: Symphony No. 10
  • Örjan Sandred's discussion of his new work The Golden Spike
  • Political Music
  • Rihm: String Quartet No. 4
  • Michael Matthews' discussion of his new work Six Poems of Novica Tadić
  • A new Swedish Opera by Mats Larsson
  • On music analysis - morphology
  • Dufay, Isorhythmic Motets
  • Monteverdi, Marian Vespers
  • Stockhausen: Solo
  • Boulez: Dialogue de l’ombre double
  • Ligeti: Chamber Concerto
  • Nono: A Pierre. Dell’azzurro silenzio, inquietum
  • Webern: Cantata No. 1
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8

Guests have included:

  • Howard Bashaw
  • George Crumb
  • Tan Dun
  • Alejandro Escuer
  • Bernd Franke
  • Trevor Grahl
  • François Houle
  • Niskala/Ezhokina Piano Duo
  • Giorgio Magnanensi
  • Roderik de Man
  • The Molinari String Quartet
  • The Mondrian String Quartet
  • Michael Oesterle
  • The Pendereck String Quartet
  • R. Murray Schafer
  • David Scott
  • Harry Sparnaay
  • Kilian Sprotte
  • Peter Vinograde

For more information on the Composition program, click here.

François Houle

Howard Bashaw

Giorgio Magnanensi

Kilian Sprotte

Trevor Grahl

Students in the Compostion Seminar