Week 8 (Mar 15): Analysis Symposium #2 (S21)

Last modified on August 4, 2023

This week, everyone will analyze part of Franz Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony, to review our techniques for tonal music.

Listen to the music while looking at this piano reduction, or you may prefer to look at the full score. In either case, listen to the Vienna Phil performing this symphony. Movement I is at the beginning of course; Movement IV begins at the timestamp 23:54.

Note for mvt. I: this recording cuts an 8 measure repetition of a phrase at the end of the exposition. I’ve notated it in the piano reduction.

I have divided everyone into groups and put you in Slack channels accordingly. Your groups should use Slack to collaborate. I can view your channel but I will not be receiving notifications from it, so ping me (using the @ symbol) if you have a question.

There are six of you in each group. Split in half, and have one half analyze mvt. I while the other half analyzes mvt. IV.

Process

  1. 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).
    • Note that this is an individual analysis, so you should not be collaborating with your group mates yet.
    • It will probably be helpful to have a visual of some kind, too, whether it’s in the video or in a PDF you upload to the channel.
  2. By Thursday end-of-day, upload your video to your designated Teams channel so your peers can view and respond to your video.
  3. After submitting their individual analysis, each group member will discuss how their findings interact with those of the other members (all other members, not just those who did the same piece!). Use the chat function in the Teams channel to do this.
    • 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.
    • Try to do this as soon as possible after all videos are submitted, to allow plenty of time for back-and-forth interactions. Your group may find it helpful to set expectations for when people will submit initial responses (i.e., make sure not everyone submits at the last minute).
    • Be sure you have something to say to each person that shows that you understood their analysis and makes a connection between theirs and your own.
    • I’ll evaluate these discussions on Monday, but again: please do not wait until the last minute to do this—everyone needs time to receive, understand, and respond to discussion. Timeliness in responding is part of your grade.
  • Analyze these sonata-form movements using both hypermeter and sonata theory. Note that both of these movements are on a much larger scale than the Beethoven sonata you analyzed in Week 4. Be prepared for a lot more weirdness! But I promise that each movement can still be analyzed through Sonata Theory and hypermetrical analysis. Some thoughts to inspire you:
    • How does Schubert play with the hypermeter throughout this movement?
    • How does the hypermeter interact with the form of the piece?
    • What Type of sonata do you think this is (Type 1, Type 2, etc.)?
    • Did you have trouble locating the MC/EEC/ESC? If so, why?

Assessment

You will be assessed individually in two parts.

Your individual analysis should incorporate sonata theory and tonal rhythm.

In your Slack discussion, you should

  • 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 (including those who did the other piece)

A full rubric for each component can be viewed on Blackboard.