Huck J Hodge
Core theory sequence for majors. Introduction to the theory and analysis of twentieth-century music. Prerequisite: 2.0 in MUSIC 302; 2.0 in MUSIC 305; corequisite: MUSIC 306. Offered: A.
This course examines the varied compositional practices of the 20th and 21st centuries, beginning with the expansion of tonality to a point of tonal ambiguity. First, chromatic elements in a tonal context are explored, including exotic scalar materials and exceptions to tertian structures. Analysis of atonal music is approached with two primary areas of focus: free and serial atonality. The final portion of the quarter will involve compositional practices since 1950, including study of aleatoric and stochastic procedures and the timbral explorations in electronic and spectral music.
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