Composition and Music Theory

The conducting course for directing orchestras and choruses requires distinguished personalities and characteristics as well as outstanding musical abilities such as rhythmic talent, evolving an idea of musical sound, and a trained ear. The course comprises the study of orchestral and stage literature as well as a capella repertoire and instrumentally accompanied choral works from all epochs of music history. Works are analysed musically, stylistically and with regard to baton technique. In commemoration of Mozart, from whom the Mozarteum University takes its name, a central task is to foster a free creative spirit, something which is particularly true of the course in composition. Intensive coaching in harmonic theory, counterpoint and musical form creates the basis for exploring styles and techniques of various musical epochs until the present. Special emphasis is given to composing with electronic sound synthesisers and sound processing techniques, as well as electronic compositional processes. By founding the electronic studio in 1958 the Mozarteum University adopted a pioneering role in Austria in the field of computer music and creative work with new media.