Schenker Analysis

Learning Objective
To enable students to apply Schenkerian analysis to music of (mainly) the 18th and 19th centuries.

Course Description
The aim of this course is to become acquainted with the basic methods and concepts of Schenkerian theory as they apply to (mostly) music of the 18th and 19th centuries. We will learn these methods and concepts through contrapuntal and harmonic exercises, by making and evaluating graphs, and by reading select literature.
In the first term we will solidify our knowledge of (strict) contrapuntal and harmonic thinking through a number of exercises and begin to learn the basic graphing techniques of Schenkerian analysis as applied to a number of shorter works. In the second term we will explore aspects of larger formal issues and their interaction with Schenkerian analysis. We will also explore more detailed topics in Schenkerian analysis as befits the interests of the group (e.g., the relation to theories of performance, the application of Schenkerian techniques to other repertoires, etc.).

Related Electives
* Analysis and Performance: A Coaching Trajectory for Ensembles
* Historiography of Music Theory

Course details

teacher John Koslovsky
term September 2019-April 2020
method of instruction Weekly group sessions of three hours. Each week you will be given a short analysis and/or reading assignment, which will prepare you for class. Class time will be spent discussing your assignments and the readings, and will build on these each lesson with a new concept of problem.
readings Cadwallader, A., and Gagné, D., Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach. Oxford University Press, 1998)
  A separate reader comprising texts, analyses and articles will be available at the start of the course.
assessment Over the course there will be two assignments to be handed in for a grade: an analysis assignment of a short work at the end of the first term (25% of the grade), and a longer, analysis/paper on a topic of your choice at the end of the second term (75%).
credits 10