Musical Analysis IIb

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Musical Analysis IIb

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This module is open to students majoring in music at their home institution only.

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    This module is an introduction to the compositional ideas developed in the early part of
    the twentieth century, and their methods of analysis. It explores how composers have achieved musical
    continuity in the context of a weakened tonality, focusing on the music of the Second Viennese School,
    Stravinsky and Bartók.

    The course aims are:
    encouraging an informed personal response to the developments in early 20th-century music and their relation to tradition;
    understanding the nature of the relation of musical detail and whole;
    an appreciation of the manner in which composers have dealt with questions of statement, continuity, and contrast.

    Lectures introduce students to the procedures for developing and transforming material, 'cadential' and formal
    devices, the relation of harmony, texture and phrase construction, and the new harmonic languages
    (extended and suspended tonality, modality, ?composition with the tones of motifs?, serialism).

    Teaching pattern: The module will be taught via ten two-hour lectures.

    Assessment: coursework

    portfolio of course-work consisting of two to four projects (5000 words total plus graphs) = 100%

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