As a formal discipline, the analysis of music came into existence during the nineteenth century. Ironically, the music of this era, although much pored over, has been relatively poorly served in terms of analytical methodologies. Characteristically, both the harmonic language and the structures employed by nineteenth-century composers have been analysed as departures from codified eighteenth-century norms. In this unit, we will grapple with the particularity of tonal, harmonic and formal practices of the era, using a range of established methodologies and new tools (including Schenkerian theory, Neo-Riemannian theory, and sonata deformation theory).
1 x 2 hour seminar/week
5 x Bi-Weekly Papers (50%); final essay (40%); In class Participation (10%)