MUCS4005 Analysis: Tonal and Post-tonal Theory (3 units)
This course aims at familiarizing students with major analytical techniques and forms used in Western music history, from Baroque to 20th century. Emphasis will be placed on the constructive principles underlying music in various genres and styles, as well as extra-musical elements (such as text, programme or plot) that serve certain expressive roles. Analytical approaches in binary form, sonata-form, chromatic harmonies, set theory and serial music will be introduced in a progressive manner through seminars and lectures, and the applications of these techniques will be assessed through weekly assignments, in-class drills and term papers.
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