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Jonathan W Bernard
MUSIC 570
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Schenkerian Analysis

Advanced work in Schenkerian analysis. Prerequisite: MUSIC 470.

Class description

Music 570 picks up where Music 470 left off, following the Forte & Gilbert text selectively. We will begin with smaller forms; continue from there into work with linear progressions, unfoldings on a large scale, and further (advanced) development of concepts covered earlier in 470; and conclude with sonata and compound (rondo) forms. We will also read some of Schenker's *Free Composition,* as relevant to these various topics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a seminar, so everyone is expected to participate on a regular basis. Much of class time will be devoted to discussion of the weekly assignments (see below).

Recommended preparation

Music 470, Introduction to Schenkerian Theory and Analysis, or its equivalent (if, for instance, previously taken at a different school), is sufficient preparation for this course.

Class assignments and grading

Students will complete one large Schenkerian-style graphic analysis of a complete work or movement (or appreciable portion thereof), or graphs of several shorter passages, for each class meeting. Students will be responsible for presenting their work on these graphs on a rotating basis, distributing photocopies for group discussion.

(1) Quality of contribution to class discussion; (2) quality of work presented in class; (3) final project, consisting of a graph of a complete piece or movement of the student's choosing.


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 Jonathan W Bernard
Date: 11/20/2008