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Jonathan W Bernard
MUSIC 599
Seattle Campus

Advanced Selected Topics

Selected readings on current issues and problems in music. Prerequisite: permission of a supervising music faculty member.

Class description

The topic for this version of 599 is Riemannian and neo-Riemannian theory. We will read some of Riemann's original work (in English translation) and then continue with some of the principal work that has "resurrected" his ideas from the early 1980s on (Lewin, Cohn, et al), including an extensive exploration of Daniel Harrison's fairly recent book, *Harmonic Function in Chromatic Music.*

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar format

Recommended preparation

A solid background in undergraduate-level tonal theory, plus the ability and willingness to do extensive reading at an advanced and highly demanding level and to write an original paper that draws on the ideas exposed in this reading. Permission of instructor required

Class assignments and grading

Readings in historical and contemporary theory

Class participation, including presentation; final paper


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: 09/10/2007