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.
- 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 Slack channel and uploading on Blackboard (read more on submitting a video on Blackboard). The Slack 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 Slack 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.
- 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?
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
A full rubric for each component can be viewed on Blackboard.