This course approaches musical form and genre from a stylistic point of view. Intense focus on details at both the surface and background levels of musical activity -- melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and sonic (texture, density, articulation, dynamics, timbre) -- will yield a broad understanding of the ways in which all aspects of musical language influence musical form and style. Readings will reinforce the connection between culture and style, yielding discussion of issues around links between intellectual history and musical genre. For example, why did the fugue evolve and flourish during the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution? What happened to opera's da capo aria after the 18th century, and why? Repertoire will be chosen in conjunction with students, and may include works from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The final project will be an analytic paper and a classroom presentation based on this work. 2 units
This course is for non-music majors who want an introduction to music, and for aspiring music majors who need some extra work in fundamental topics before beginning a sequence of theory courses for music majors (MUSC 151, 250, and 251). We’ll discuss pitch notation in bass and treble clefs, rhythm and meter, major and minor scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords, and (possibly) simple harmonic progressions and cadences.
This course is for non-music majors who want an introduction to music, and for aspiring music majors who need some extra work in fundamental topics before beginning a sequence of theory courses for music majors (MUSC 151, 250, and 251). We’ll discuss pitch notation in bass and treble clefs, rhythm and meter, major and minor scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords, and (possibly) simple harmonic progressions and cadences.