Week 6 (Sep 30): Tonal Rhythm

Last updated on October 3rd, 2019 at 03:54 pm GMT.

This week you will learn how to approach the nuances of rhythm in tonal music. You’ll get introduced to the concepts through Edward Klorman’s excellent summary of popular approaches, listen to several pieces by Strauss, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and others, and do your own analysis of a song by Clara Schumann.

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Week 4 (Sep 16): Serialism

Last updated on September 19th, 2019 at 03:27 pm GMT.

This week you will learn about 12-tone serial techniques and the variety of ways this can be implemented. You’ll learn how to identify row forms, do a row count, make a matrix, and interpret serial pieces. You will also do a guided analysis of a piece by Ruth Crawford Seeger, “Prayers of Steel” from Three Songs.

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Week 9 (Oct 21): Timbre

Last updated on August 12th, 2019 at 01:16 pm GMT.

The final unit deals with pop music. You will need to familiarize yourself with pop form terminology if you are not already comfortable with terms like verse, chorus, prechorus, bridge, or refrain.

This week we’ll talk about my research specialty: timbre. (I won’t have you read my research, since I feel that might be awkward to respond to, but I did upload my dissertation to our course readings folder if you are interested.) We will focus on Kate Heidemann’s excellent article on vocal timbre, and you will analyze a song a la Heidemann.

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Week 5: Serialism

Last updated on August 7th, 2019 at 08:46 pm GMT.

This week you will learn about 12-tone serial techniques and the variety of ways this can be implemented. You’ll learn how to identify row forms, do a row count, make a matrix, and interpret serial pieces. You will also do a guided analysis of a piece by Ruth Crawford Seeger, “Prayers of Steel” from Three Songs.

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Week 3: Timbre

Last updated on August 7th, 2019 at 08:46 pm GMT.

This week we’ll talk about my research specialty: timbre. (I won’t have you read my research, since I feel that might be awkward to respond to, but I did upload my dissertation to our course readings folder if you are interested.) We will focus on Kate Heidemann’s excellent article on vocal timbre, and you will analyze a song a la Heidemann. This unit ends in a course meeting on Sept 12.
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