Last week, renowned Brisbane composer and musician, and past CHAC piano and theory teacher, Dr Graeme Denniss visited the Year 11 Music class over three lessons to deliver inspirational lessons on composing in the minimalist style. In the first session, Dr Denniss outlined the history and development of the minimalist style and played a wide range of samples of work, including performing works of his own and others on the piano.
In the second, double session, students were challenged to compose a short piece in the minimalist style. The class also rehearsed and performed the intricate Steve Reich piece 'Clapping Music', which allowed students to experience the "phasing" phenomenon of Reich's work where one line subtly shifts across the rhythmic patterns.
The lesson and workshop will provide stimulus for the students to begin creating and designing their own music compositions.