Theory and Analysis|
Spring 2016 not offered
This course focuses primarily on two aspects of Western tonal music: harmony and form. Harmony is the study of chords: their individual qualities and configurations, their relative importance and function within a given musical context, and ways of moving between them. We will review the treatment of diatonic harmonies and then expand our palettes through sonorities that borrow from or lead to new key areas. Forms, treated in the latter part of the course, are common patterns of repetition and contrast used to structure diverse musical works from pop tunes to symphonies. Working from detail to whole, we'll learn how composers and songwriters construct motives, melodies, songs, and large-scale pieces. In addition to these topics on pitch relations and structure, this course contains a short unit on rhythm and meter. While we'll focus predominantly on European art music repertoire, we'll also examine how harmony, rhythm, and form function in Irish traditional, West African, salsa, and American and British popular music. Assignments and activities will include reading texts by composers and scholars, analyzing scores and recordings, composing, listening, singing, and keyboard playing.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
1. J.S. Bach, 371 HARMONIZED CHORALES AND 69 CHORALE MELODIES WITH FIGURED BASS
2. Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, TONAL HARMONY (6th edition, 2009)
3. Carol Krueger, PROGRESSIVE SIGHT SINGING, 2nd Edition (2011)
4. Robert Gjerdingen, MUSIC IN THE GALANT STYLE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly exercises, two music analysis papers, midterm, and a model composition.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 in music theory should consult with the instructor regarding placement in MUSC201 or 202.
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