Composition Seminar - Transcribing and Arranging Music for Chamber Ensembles


This course is geared toward performers and composers who play chamber music or ensemble music. You will learn how to transcribe your favorite pieces (any style!) for chamber groups such as string quartet, woodwind quintet, piano trio, piano quartet, and other instrumental combinations. While the course is project-based, we will also study transcriptions by other musicians from the 19th through 21st centuries. Prerequisites: 1. Ability to play an instrument and read music fluently (treble and bass clef). 2. Participation in a Duke chamber music group or vocal ensemble is optimal but not required. 3. MUSIC 261 is excellent preparation but not required if you fulfill requirements 1 & 2. 4. Available to meet with collaborating musicians outside of class.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • R
  • ALP
Typically Offered