Week 3 (Jun 20): Analysis Symposium #1 (Su22)

For our first analysis symposium, we will focus on a classic piece by Anton Webern: his 5 Movements for String Quartet. We will be looking specifically at movements 2 and 3.

Download the score from the readings folder.

Half of you will analyze mvt. 2 while the other half analyzes mvt. 3. You should use the symposium Slack channel for discussion.


  • You will begin with individual analyses. Make a video explaining what you discovered in the piece. The video should be at least 5 minutes long, but no more than 10. I would like to see your face in the video, because in an online class, I think that’s helpful for understanding that we’re all humans and not just names on a screen (but if you can’t do this for some reason, just discuss with me).
  • By Friday, submit this video in two places: uploading to your designated Teams channel and uploading on Blackboard (read more on submitting a video on Blackboard). The Teams channel is for discussion with your peers, while Blackboard is for evaluation and grading by me.
  • After submitting their individual analysis, each group member will use Teams to discuss how their findings interact with those of the other members. Approach discussion like a chat conversation rather than a response essay—ask people questions, wait for their replies—just have a conversation! Don’t be too stiff. Your participation in this discussion will earn another grade. I’ll evaluate these discussions on Monday of next week.
  • I will grade both your discussion and your individual analysis as separate grades. Rubrics are always available on Blackboard.
  • If you wish, you may revise your individual analysis in light of what you learned during the group discussion.
    • Submit your revisions in the same place as your original on Blackboard, as a second attempt.
    • Your revised content can be a new video if you like, or you may submit something written if that’s easier.
    • Separate from your analysis, in the “comments” box on Blackboard, you must accompany your analysis with a paragraph explaining how the discussion influenced your revisions.
    • Your revised grade will be averaged with your original grade.


Your individual analysis must:

  • analyze pitch content using pc sets
  • relate pc sets with Tn/In
  • come up with a narrative analysis for the piece using archetypes, etc.

Note: it’s totally okay if you do not explain every note in the piece! Just try to find one cool thing that you can point out with set theory that involves ticking off the boxes above. It’s normal to have to pick-and-choose what notes get talked about and skip over some other stuff.

Your Slack discussion must:

  • submit your video and your discussion on time so others can engage with it
  • respond lucidly to any questions asked to you
  • comprehend what others have said to you
  • demonstrate familiarity with both pieces
  • make comparisons with other group members’ analyses

Full rubrics for both parts can be viewed on Blackboard.