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Huck J Hodge
MUSIC 303
Seattle Campus

Second-Year Theory

Core theory sequence for majors. Introduction to the theory and analysis of twentieth-century music. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in both MUSIC 302 and MUSIC 305; corequisite: MUSIC 306. Offered: A.

Class description

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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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Huck J Hodge
Date: 10/05/2011