Wendelin Bitzan

Wendelin Bitzan

String Quartet in AI major

This is a first movement exposition from a classical string quartet of undisclosed origin. How would you rate it under the following premises? (choose one or more)

  • as an excerpt from a work by Anton Ferdinand Titz (1742–1810)
  • as a composition study by a music theory major student
  • as a product created by artificial intelligence

Please note that the origin and authorship of the piece is irrelevant, and you are not expected to attribute it (I might disclose this later). The question is how you would assess the quality of the music in terms of style and compositional proficiency.

Being a Digital Fellow

Happy to announce that I have been awarded a fellowship for innovation in digital teaching at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. This means that I will be able to realise a collaborative project titled Music Theory Tutor 2.0, dedicated to the advancement of technology-based music theory teaching. With the support of a software developer, I aim to create a tool (or a set of plugins) for designing modular assignments with music scores and audio content that can be edited, solved, and evaluated via an interactive online platform. Can’t wait to move forward this exciting project!

Diversity Survey for Music Students

Dear music students, lecturers, and scholars! I am conducting a survey on diversity in music business and professional music education. If you are a student, you are cordially invited to participate. If you are teaching at a German university or conservatory, please forward the survey link to your students. Your help is much appreciated! The survey is in German language, will take around 20 minutes and is subdivided into five sections:

  • General questions of diversity in music
  • Composers
  • Researchers and teachers
  • Academic subjects and topics
  • Personal information

Symphonies of Light

While mostly appreciated for his innovative piano music, Alexander Scriabin also was a prolific orchestral composer. My latest essay for VAN Magazin, entitled »Shining Visions, Flourishing Forms«, focuses on his seven symphonic works, commenting on their stylistic and aesthetic features in reverse chronology, and contextualising the mutual appreciation of Scriabin and his friend, the poet Konstantin Balmont. Hope you enjoy the read!

Preparatory Workshop in Music Theory

I will be offering an online music theory workshop as a preparation for entrance exams at music universities in North Rhine Westphalia. The course is organised by Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband Nordrhein-Westfalen and will take place on two consecutive days, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May, 3 to 7 pm. The participation fee is €40 for both days (see this website for more information and registration). Please share and forward if you have students or friends who are applying to study music in Detmold, Düsseldorf, Essen, Köln, or Münster.

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