Comparative study and analysis of the principal Beethoven quartets. Relationship of the quartets to his work as a whole. Examination of the outstanding compositional characteristics of this important body of literature.
Score analysis, discussion, and study of Bartók's principal chamber works. Comparison of formal characteristics, scoring, and compositional practices.
Analysis of the early tonal and free atonal techniques in Schoenberg's pre-1923 compositions. Examinations of the causes and effects of preserial techniques in 20th-century composition.
A study of the aesthetic and compositional bases of representative works of J.S. Bach, placing the music in a cultural, biographical, and musicological context. Through lecture, listening, analysis, and discussion, the student will consider the distinctions, as well as the continuities, between the practical composer of weekly cantatas and the abstractionist composer of the Art of the Fugue.
An in-depth examination of representative works spanning Stravinsky's total creative output. Concentration on listening and analysis of representative works.
Analysis of the development of the Sibelius style from the first through the seventh symphonies. Methods by which the Finnish master utilized tone color, motive development, beat modulation, and modal counterpoint. In addition, concepts of orchestration will be discussed and analyzed in selected tone poems as well as the symphonies.
An in-depth examination of composers whose work has proven of lasting importance, not only in and of itself, but also because of its influence on contemporary compositional styles. A different composer will be covered each semester; the current selection will be posted on student bulletin boards and in the Composition Department during registration and check-in periods. Composers covered include Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, and music theater crossovers including George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
A comparative, historical study of sonata forms from the baroque period to the present. Selective analysis of representative works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Scriabin, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Britten. Emphasis on historical development and evolution of the sonata form.