Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Approaches to Musical Analysis

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the participants to various approaches in Musical Analysis, such as Traditional, Schenkerian, Set-Theory. etc. The basic concepts and the analytical tools will be explained and applied by means of several worked examples from the Baroque period to the twentieth century.

Study-unit Aims:

- To show the importance of musical analysis for all musicians, be they composers, performers or musicologists;
- To reveal, through different analytical approaches, the "secrets" that make musical compositions satisfactory experiences;
- To make participants able to analyse various pieces of music, using different approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate an understanding of the different methods of analyzing musical pieces;
- comprehend the different terms and concepts used in the various analytical approaches.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- analyse music from various periods in various ways;
- apply the different analytical tools to different styles of music and also to choose the most effective method or methods of analysis for each particular case;
- apply the methods of analysis learned during the course to other pieces of music.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main text:

- Cook, Nicholas. 1994. A Guide to Musical Analysis (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Supplementary Readings:

- Berry, W. Form in Music, 2nd ed. 1986. (Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall).
- Burkhart, C. and Rothstein, W. 2014. Anthology for Musical Analysis, 7th edn (Boston: Schirmer).
- Forte, A. 1973. The Structure of Atonal Music (New Haven: Yale University Press).
- Gilbert, S. & Forte, A. 1982. Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis (New York: Norton).
- Lester, J. 1989. Analytic Approaches to Twentieth-Century Music (New York: Norton).
- Pankhurst, T. 2009. SchenkerGUIDE: A Brief Handbook and Website for Schenkerian Analysis (New York: Taylor & Francis. Kindle or Print Edition) and Online

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite qualifications: Intermediate Level Music (or higher) or Minimum Grade 6 theory (or equivalent)

This study-unit requires prior knowledge of music theory


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task SEM2 Yes 25%
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 25%
Classwork SEM2 No 50%

LECTURER/S Albert Pace

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