Musical Structure and Understanding

Module Overview This module provides an overview and critique of methods for analysing Western art music from 1750, and examines to what extent analysis might inform the understanding of performer and/or listener. By studying how theory-based analysis can illuminate meanings in music, we can see also how analytical tools are the output of specific social contexts. Choices to pick from Mozart, Piano Sonata in D, K311, 1st Movement Beethoven, Piano Sonata in G, Op.31 no.1, 1st Movement Schubert, Piano Sonata in A, D.664, 1st movement Brahms, Intermezzo, Op.119, No.1 Debussy, ‘Canopes’ from Préludes Book 2 Analyse ONE of the above works using appropriate methods. You should address the work’s structural features appropriate to its style (tonality/harmony, thematic/motivic ideas, structure, form, etc.). You should also comment on your chosen methodological approach, including its critical assessment. You should use different combination of the following analytical tools: • Voice-leading graphs of relevant sections (using stems, slurs, Roman numerals, figuredbass) • Tables and charts • Score excerpts • Annotated scores (make sure these are clearly legible) Students who successfully complete this module will be able to: Demonstrate understanding of contrasting methods for analysing music Apply analysis to notated music Develop illumination of how analytical knowledge strengthens abilities in listening and playing Acquire tools to critique methods of musical analysis Assessment An analytical essay of 3000 words (100%) You will analyse one piece of your choice Assessment An analytical essay of 3000 words (100%) You will analyse one piece of your choice

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