Jonathan W Bernard
Classic, romantic, twentieth century.
The focus of Music 528 in its Spring 2012 offering will be theories of rhythm. Part One is devoted to 19th-century treatises on the subject, starting just before 1800 (Koch) and ending just after 1900 (Riemann). Part Two addresses much more recent writings on rhythm, from about 1960 to the present, in light of their historical antecedents.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course is conducted as a seminar, with general discussion and assigned presentations.
There are no formal prerequisites, other than a solid grasp of "core" harmonic theory of the common-practice (tonal) period, such as is usually conveyed by the sequence of theory courses for undergraduate music majors.
Class assignments and grading
Reading; orally delivered summaries; short analytical assignments; substantial final paper