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COURSE TITLE: Analysis of Tonal Music
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced study of tonal harmony includes basic Schenkerian linear analysis, interworking of text and tonality, sonata-allegro form and tonality of the late nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries.

Prerequisites: MUSI 316

Students with credit in MUSI 366 cannot receive credit in MUSI 466
  • Cadwallader & Gagné. Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach (3rd ed) New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Various articles, chapters, and scores will also be available in pdf format.
Assignments (7)42%
Final Analytical Paper26%
Class Participation20%
COURSE OUTLINE:Unit 1: Introduction to Schenkerian Linear Analysis
Basic principles of Heinrich Schenker’s approach to tonal music are studied. Elementary sketching techniques are developed. Repertoire will be drawn largely from the Baroque and Classic periods. Chapters 1-5 of Analysis of Tonal Music will be the foundation.
  • 5 January Introduction to Heinrich Schenker’s theories of tonality and Ch. 1. Introduction to basic concepts of Rhythmic Analysis.
  • 10, 12, 17 January Chapter 2: Melody and Counterpoint
  • 24, 26, 31 January Chapter 3: Bass Lines and Harmonic Structure
  • 2, 7, 9 February Chapter 4: Linear Techniques
  • 14, 16, 28 Feb Chapter 5: Tonal Structure
Unit 2: Words and Music
The interaction of text and tonal music in the lied, or artsong, is studied from a variety of interpretive stances, including Schenkerian. Repertoire will be drawn from the songs of the Romantic period.
  • 2, 7 March Introduction to the lied and issues in its interpretation; Erlkönig (Schubert)
  • 9, 14 March Wandrer’s Nachtlied (Schubert, Schumann, Liszt)
  • 16, 21 March Lieb’ Liebchen, Ich Grolle Nicht (Schumann)
  • 23, 28 March Der Doppelgaenger (Schubert)
Unit 3: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century Sonata Forms
A Schenkerian study of selected sonata-allegro movements. Chapters 10 and 11 of Tonal Analysis will be our guide.
  • 32 Mar, 4 April Intro and review of Sonata-Allegro form; Clementi: Sonatina, Op.36, No.1, I
  • 6, 11 April Mozart Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”), K. 385, II
  • 13 April Mozart, Piano Sonata, K. 457, I

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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