THEORY 460 - Special Courses
Section: 001 Writing on Musical Form
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Music Theory (THEORY)
Department: Music School
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
THEORY 240 and 250.
May be repeated for credit.
Undergrad and Grad
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In doing musical analysis we usually think of understanding musical structure. This course will focus on analysis, but we will seek to understand how music provokes responses in its performers and listeners. Responses might range from pleasure in playing a melody or rhythm to appreciation of the beautiful interweaving of lines in a fugue to excitement as a passage grows more and more intense to discomfort at a harmonically chromatic and ambiguous pas sage. We will consider the possibilities of response and analyze how the music might elicit them. The class will discuss analytical readings that provide examples of this approach and we will explore how music stimulates response in works from various repertoires.

THEORY 460 - Special Courses
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: This course will focus on the analysis of form and how we write about it. We will seek to move beyond taxonomic description and toward a consideration of how we can capture in prose what we hear in terms of the work's dynamic. We will be guided by texts including Erwin Stein's "Form and Performance." Repertoire under examination will likely center on Bach's inventions and Beethoven's piano sonatas.
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