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