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Undergraduate Theory & Musicology Electives Spring 2014

Chopin

MU 319 01
Credits: 2
Prequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meeting: Monday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Halloran

Course Description
This course will examine Frédéric Chopin from his early influences to his mature works, concluding with his masterpiece, The Cello Sonata, op. 65. The Etudes, Mazukas, Preludes, Nocturnes, Sonatas and Polonaises will be analyzed with an understanding of political, social and economic events which include Chopin’s stormy love affair with George Sand.

Textbooks
CHOPIN: THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC
James Huneker
Alfred Publishing
ASIN: B002ABITU0

CHOPIN'S FUNERAL
Benita Eisler
Vintage, 2004
ISBN: 978-0375708688

  
 

Ostinato: Repetition and Variation

MU 319 02
Credits: 2
Prequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meeting: Monday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: John Murphree

Course Description
This course will examine the various applications of one of music’s most simple devices, repetition. Through a chronological survey, students will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the various uses of repetition in music and its psychological effects: ground bass and the passacaglia, repetition with variation, formal implications in larger works, repetition in staged works, dance, and popular music and of course, in the works of Minimalist composers.

Materials
COURSE PACKET available from the Music Division Office

 


  
 


20th-Century Compositional Techniques

MU 319 03
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meetings: Tuesday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: Dr. Curtis Hughes 

Course Description
A survey of composition techniques introduced by Western composers during roughly the first half of the 20th century, from 1907–1956. Beginning with a consideration of pitch-class set analysis as applied to “free atonal” music by composers of the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern), the first half of the course will also consider short works and excerpts of larger seminal works by Stravinsky, Bartok, and Messiaen. The second half of the semester will consider serial and post-serial music composed in the 1920s through the 1950s, including more Second Viennese School music and selected works by Cage, Babbitt, and Stockhausen.

Textbooks
ANALYTIC APPROACHES TO TWENTIETH-CENTURY MUSIC
Joel Lester
W.W. Norton & Company, 1989
ISBN: 978-0393957624

ANTHOLOGY OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY MUSIC

Robert P. Morgan (ed.)
WW. Norton & Company, 1992
ISBN: 978-0393952841




French Harmony from Rameau to Messiaen

MU 319 04
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meeting: Tuesday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: James Dalton

Course Description
French music has a long and illustrious history of harmony that is quite distinct from the German harmonic styles more frequently studied in theory classes. We will begin with the groundbreaking work of theorist/composer Rameau and examine representative works by Faure, Satie, Debussy, Milhaud, Messiaen, and others.

Topic Areas
• Rameau’s innovative theories
• The influence of plainchant and modes
• Symmetrical scales and modes of limited transposition
• “New” chords from the harmonic series
• Polytonality in Milhaud
• Messiaen and the influence of Indian ragas

Textbooks

TREATISE ON HARMONY
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Dover Publications, 1971
ISBN: 978-0486224619

STRING QUARTETS BY DEBUSSY AND RAVEL
Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel
Dover Publications, 1987
ISBN: 978-0486252315





Score Reading 2

MU 319 05
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Score Reading 1, or permission
Meetings: Wednesday and Friday 9:00–9:50
Instructor: James Dalton

Course Description
From playing minuets and trio movements from symphonies of Mozart and Haydn at the keyboard, the course materials increase in harmonic and rhythmic complexity; more-varied transposing instruments and larger forces are encountered as the semester progresses. The aim of this course is for students to be able to read a late Romantic and an early 20th-century orchestral score at the keyboard.

Textbooks
PREPARATORY EXERCISES IN SCORE READING
R.O. Morris and Howard Ferguson
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0193214750

MANUEL PRATIQUE
Georges Dandelot
Editions Durand
ASIN: B002WKR1EO

LATER SYMPHONIES
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dover Publications
ISBN: 978-0486230528 

Robert Schumann and the Romantic Imagination

MU 319 06
Credits: 2 
Prerequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4 
Meeting: Wednesday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: Dr. Jan Swafford  

Course Description
Robert Schumann was not only one of the most significant composers of his generation in genres from piano music to lied to symphony, he was also one of Romanticism's most distinctive critics and commentators. He was married to a leading pianist, Clara Schumann, and mentored the most important composer of the next generation, Brahms. The focus of the course will be on Schumann's music, starting with the early piano works such as Carnaval, the lieder including the cycle Dichterliebe, going on to some of the important chamber music including the Piano Quartet, and ending with the symphonies. The goal is to gain a thorough understanding of Schumann's style and technique, and also to get a sense of the Romantic imagination in the arts and ideas. So we will also examine the era's poetry, painting, and literature, the latter including Schumann's favorite writer, the fantasist E. T. A. Hoffmann. Texts will include a collection of Robert Schumann's writings, stories of Hoffmann, and articles on Romantic music and culture.  

Music of Brazil and Cuba

MU 319 08
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meeting: Wednesday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: James Dalton 

Course Description
This course examines two cultures that can be compared in very interesting ways. The music of both cultures represents a combination of European, African and Native musical styles that speaks volumes about their respective histories and political relationships. We will explore traditional and contemporary musical styles in both of these fascinating cultures.

Topic areas
• Ritual drumming — samba and Santeria
• Dance music — rhythmic underpinings, clave and the relationship to African music
• The piano music of E. Nazareth and its influence on choro
• The evolution of the Son montuno
• The rise of “Salsa” music and bossa nova
• Less familiar styles such as frevo and baiao

Textbooks
THE MUSIC OF SANTERIA: TRADITIONAL RHYTHMS OF THE BATA DRUMS
John Amira
White Cliffs Media, 1999
ISBN: 978-0941677707

MUSIC IN BRAZIL
John P. Murphy
Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 978-0195166842

 

The Russian Symphonic Tradition

MU 319 09
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meeting: Thursday 11:00–12:50
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Abbate

Course Description
Beginning with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, and ending with Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, this course will cover symphonies and symphonic poems by 19th- and 20th-century Russian composers. Included will be music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and others. We will consider how these composers influenced one another and what makes the Russian symphonic tradition unique.

Textbooks
THE FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH SYMPHONIES
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
Dover Publications, 1979
ISBN: 978-0486238616

recommended
SYMPHONY NO. 5

Dmitri Shostakovich
Dsch, 2004
ISBN: 978-0634082689

 



A History of Analytical Techniques

MU 319 10
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Harmony & Counterpoint 4
Meeting: Friday 9:00–11:50
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Halloran

Course Description
This course is an historical survey of various innovative theoretical applications progressing chronologically from Franco of Cologne to contemporary theorists. Each technique will be studied then applied to actual musical literature with a focus on listening. Zarlino, Rameau, and Schenker, among others, will be explored to provide a deeper insight into how music and its theories work. 

 

 

 

 

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