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Methods of Music Analysis - MCGY5605

Year - 2019

This unit is designed to introduce students to the current state of music analysis, and to enable them to develop expertise in analytical methodologies relevant to their research interests. A range of analytical approaches to Western Art Music 1700-1945 will be explored in the seminars, including Formenlehre theories and their recent offshoot, 'deformation' theory; nineteenth-century chromatic harmony and Neo-Riemannian approaches; set-theoretical analyses of post-tonal music; and semiotic or narrative approaches which relate analysis to humanistic inquiries. The focus of the unit will be balanced between theoretical exposition of the principles involved, and practical applications of the various methods to relevant repertoire.

1 x 2hour seminar/week

Analysis portfolio (60%), Research essay 2, 000 words (40%)

Assumed knowledge
Traditional chordal nomenclature (e.g. roman numeral and figured bass) and standard methods of analysing Western Art Music will be assumed


Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Musicology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Fifth Year
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr David Larkin
HECS Band: 1
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