Downloadable pdf Files of Texts by Robert Morris
(As Yet) Unpublished Papers and Talks
"Sets, Scales, and Rhythmic Cycles: A Classifications of Talas in Indian Music,"
Delivered at the University of New Mexico, Feb. 14, 2006; Music Colloquium, University of Madras, Chennai, India, Jan 17, 2000; the National Convention of the Society of Music Theory, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Dec. 2, 1998.
"Towards a 'Buddhist Music': Precursors East and West,"
Delivered at Alfred University, 2005 Sibley Lecture, April 26, 2005; New York University Composition Symposium, April 13, 2005.
Course Information and Schedules
CMP 212/412 (Fall 2018)
"Compositional Practices circa 1925-55" (formerly "Current Practices I").
Basic Bibliography for Compositional Practices
CMP 213/413 (Spring 2017)
"Compositional Practices circa 1955-85" (formerly "Current Practices II").
CMP 590/MH 590 (Spring 2015)
"Classical Music of India"
Bibliography for Classical Music of India
Compositional Tutorial. A supplement to my book,
The Whistling Blackbird: Talks and Essays on New Music (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010).
To go to the Press's website, click here.
Readings for Composers. A list of books on various non-music topics that may be of
interest to composers.
Bob's Atonal Theory Primer.
Messiaen's Modes and Tn-Invariance.
Temporal Hierarchy Types.
Rhythmic Symbols, Duration, Tempo, Metric Modulation.
Elementary Twelve-Tone Theory.
The Row Matrix.
Invariance Matrices for two pcsets.
Comparing Twelve-Tone Rows: Hadamard Matrices.
Invariance Matrices and Twelve-Tone Rows.
The Complement Theorem.
Z-related Hexachords explained by Transpositional Combination and the Complement Union Property.
The Melakarta Scales of South India.
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