THEORY 560 - Special Studies
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Music Theory (THEORY)
Department: Music School
2 - 3
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Advisory Prerequisites:
THEORY 240; 250 or 259; with permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This course considers ways of analyzing music from a performer’s and a listener’s perspective. It studies the performer’s role in the creation and understanding of music, viewing the performer as someone who, along with the composer, co-creates a unique musical experience for the listener. The course explores factors that influence a performer’s conception of a piece, such as learned knowledge and unconscious intuition. We will examine how teachers and other performers can shape one’s comprehension of music. Additionally, the physical features of a performer’s hands, arms, and even entire body have a significant impact on a performance. How does a performer translate a score into physical gestures? What is the relationship between the written score and sounding music? What does it mean for a performer to be “faithful” to the score? We will read articles on these topics by current theorists and compare different performances of the same piece. Students will have the opportunity to lead a discussion and write a “performer’s analysis” on a work of their own choosing.

THEORY 560 - Special Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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