Form and Analysis


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 Tentative Form and Analysis.Syllabus.2016 (To be Revised 1/12/16)

2016 Assignments

  1.  (Revised Jan. 12) Due January 14, 1:00 p.m.. Anthology required for class.  Complete an analysis of the Kyrie Chant.  Look up and define the following terms related to modal theory:  ambitus, reciting tone, final, dominant, plagal modes, authentic modes, unique characteristics of each mode’s whole step and half step construction.  Analyze which tones occur most often, high note, low note, relationship of text to melody, issues in free rhythm, form.  Keep notes, make diagrams and organize ideas so that they could be used to write a paper.  Write a five sentence paragraph that explains what makes the Kyrie cohere.  Post your explanation in the Blog titled Kyrie on the left.  Upload a copy of your annotated analysis of the Kyrie to OneDrive/Form and Analysis/Kyrie by class time.
  2. Due January 19, 1:00 p.m. Submit your analysis sheet (pdf) for your assigned Chant.  Present in class. 10 minute limit.  Have several small figures or charts. Speak from notes, do not write a paper.
  3. Due January 21, 1:00 p.m.  Analyze the Machaut. Research Machaut and the work, who, what, when, where, why, style.  Use your music history text.  Look up isorhythm.  Read the resources on OneDrive.    Evaluate about the first 25 measures for vertical interval content like we did in class. Note the % of triads, % open fifths and octaves.  Evaluate text, rhythm differences in each part, tales, color, form, musica ficta, dissonance and consonance.   For Thursday, evaluate all of these points somewhat (20% of a complete workup).  Develop questions about the content.  Be sure to have reviewed the articles in OneDrive. A complete analysis is due January 26.
  4. Due January 26, 1:00 p.m.  Complete the analysis of the Machaut as discussed in class and as listed in the OneDrive Resources for the class.  Completely read the assigned article and report on your assigned section.  Have well organized talking notes for your presentation in class that relate directly to the work.  Give examples.
  5. Due February 2, 1:00 p.m.  Submit your 3-4 page paper on Machaut’s Motet.  Include at least two charts or figures.  Establish a theme for the paper.  In general address what makes the work cohere. Submit a hard copy of the paper to me in class.
  6. Due January 28, 1:00 p.m.  Using figures analyze the Josquin Desprez  Tu Pauperum  Refugium.  Analyze all of it.  Allow 1 hr.
  7. Due February 2, 1:00 p.m.  Analyze the 2 Palestrina works Sanctus and the Benedictus per the questions and guidelines in OneDrive.  Turn in your paper (No. 5 above.)
  8. Due February 4, 1:00 p.m.  Analyze the “Moro Lasso Al Mio Duolo” by Carlo Gesualdo.    Read about him in Groves Online and on Wikipedia.  Read the material in OneDrive.  Analyze chords, modes, musica ficta, text, points of imitation and phrase lengths.  What makes this work cohere?  How does this work express its text content?
  9. Due February 11, 1:00 p.m.  Analyze Monteverdi,  Lasciatemi Morire.  Read the articles on OneDrive. Analyze the Corelli on op. 53. Use Roman numeral analysis and mark all pivot chords.  Do only p. 53.
  10. Due February 16, 1:00 p.m.  Analyze all of the Corelli  p.53-4 with Roman numeral analysis, mark all keys and pivot chords.  Be ready to turn in  a copy of your work at the end of class.
  11.  Due February 18, 1:00 p.m. Create an outline with three or four descriptive sentences that explain how the Corelli Trio Sonata coheres.
  12.  Due February 23, 1:00 p.m.  In score analysis of your assigned Bach Invention plus a summary sheet of your findings.  Present to the class.  Project your score and summary sheet electronically to the class.
  13. Due March 1, 2016, 1:00 p.m.  In score analysis of the Fugue 16 in G Minor, BWV 861. pp.107-8.  Form, motives and harmonic structure (keys and progressions).
  14. Due the Tuesday after spring break:  Write a two page paper  with one page of musical examples and or charts that analyze the Fugue 16 in G Minor, BWV 861.   Explain what makes this work cohere.
  15. Due the Tuesday after spring break: Analyze pp.161-162. Create a comprehensive umbrella chart with annotations indicating any novel features.
  16. Due Tuesday, March 22: 1.  Photocopy of a complete in-score analysis of the Clementi Sonatina, pp.161-162. 2. Detailed umbrella chart that demonstrates the phrases, key structure, contextual tonal analysis, themes and larger-scale groupings of the sonatina form as realized by Clementi.  The Clementi Assignment is due Tuesday, March 22.  Submit in class.
  17. Assignment for March 22:  Listen to the Beethoven Waldstein Sonata First movement (it is in the anthology) many times.  Learn the work. Put it in your mp3 player on repeat!  Enjoy. In your anthology mark in the main parts to the sonata form:Expo, Dev, Recap, Themes 1 and 2, Transitions, Dominant Prolongation(s), Closing Themes, Make a chart of the closely related keys, Make a chart of the main key areas that Beethoven modulates to. What is unique about the coda to this movement? Do not make a phrase umbrella chart.
  18. Assignment for March 29:  Make a detailed umbrella chart of the Beethoven Waldstein Sonata Firmst Movement that demonstrates each of the features listed in assignment 16 above.  Submit in class. Meet outside.
  19. Analysis:  Three Schuber Lieder.
  20. Submit four phrase charts:  Zelter plus the three Schubert Lieder.  1 chart per each page or tapped together pages.  Layout your work landscape format.  Make each 8 bar unit about the same length.  Umbrella structure with higher level groupings, cadences and keys.
  21. Completely revise only your chart for Der Doppelgänger.  Make simple corrections to the other charts- do not redraw these.  Incorporate into  Der Doppelgänger chart several levels of umbrella groupings, a few annotations and proper titles, mm. and credits.
  22. Overview analysis of three Chopin Preludes
  23. Complete your analysis of the Chopin B minor Prelude.  Find three resources that discuss the harmonic content of the preludes we have analyzed.  Write a two page paper that discusses harmonic progression and linear progressions in these preludes.  Include commentary from the lectures, your analysis, your resource reading.  Include at least one chart or diagram or in score analysis.  Properly refer to it as Figure 1 etc.  List your resources at the end with proper citations.  Submit a detailed draft outline and your finished paper to OneDrive by Tuesday April 19.
  24. For Thursday April 14, attend class and create a joint class listing of ways in which the Bernstein Ch. Psalms coheres. Address: rhythmic motives, intervallic content, register, voicing(doublings, solos, spacing, timbre), text, accompaniment versus the choral lines, other.  On your table in a Word file list the term, the location (example) and description –3 columns.  About one page.  Complete in 1 hr and 15 minutes, include all student names.  Submit to OneDrive/Bernstein.
  25. For Tuesday April 19, 1.  circle all Tr6 chords and Mm7th chords on page 1 of Tristan und Isolde in the Anthology  (30 minutes).  2. Using the Xavier Library Electronic Data Base find an scholarly article on Debussy (45 min).  Download a pdf of the article.  Select five key points about the article to report to the class.  Save the pdf  to OneDrive. If you want to highlight  5 key passages in the article then do so with a pdf reader (Acrobat or Preview or another similar pdf program).Be sure to have read the article and be able to explain it to the class.  It is not required that you understand everything in the article.  Also have available an audio link to any music related to your five points that you report on.  Summarize your key points and write them into the Blog titled “Debussy and the 20th Century.”
  26. April 21:  Write a one-half page, single-spaced proposal for your final paper due at the Final Exam time.  Bring 4 copies to class, one for each class member plus yourself and the instructor.  Distribute a copy to each class member.  Topic: Post Stravinsky and in the Anthology excluding Babbitt and Reich.  Clear statement of topic and thesis, methodology, rationale for methodology, reason this is important and projected findings.
  27. April 26:  Completely rewrite your proposal along the lines of the in-class critique.  Turn a hard copy in to the instructor.  Complete a sample analysis of some of your final project and be ready to show it to the class.  Explain what you are confident about, what you still have to do and what you do now know how to do. Place a copy on OneDrive.

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