Aine Caitriona Heneghan
Development and discussion of current student and faculty research in compositional/analytical theory and metatheory.
This seminar provides an introduction to the theoretical writings of Arnold Schoenberg. We will survey his writings on composition, form, harmony and counterpoint, and explore the interrelationship of those writings within the context of the musical idea (Gedanke). Weekly readings on varied topics (e.g. performance practice, tonality and form, twelve-tone theory) will be drawn from published texts as well as digitized manuscripts from the Arnold Schoenberg Center Privatstiftung, Vienna. This seminar should appeal to anyone interested in the history of theory and, more broadly, the intellectual climate of the first half of the twentieth century.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
At least one 400-level course (or the equivalent) in music. Interested students are invited to contact the instructor if they have questions about the level of preparation.
Class assignments and grading
class participation, in-class presentation, final paper