BA Music and Drama / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Tonality: Form and Function
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This is an analytical course principally concerned with the musical language of the Viennese classics (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven). The course is divided into three broad areas: harmonic analysis, thematic analysis and analysis of form. It principally draws on the theories of Arnold Schoenberg, with supporting material by more recent scholars.
Available as Free Choice (UG) or to other programmes (PG)?
note prerequisite of A Level Music or Grade VIII Theory or equivalent
To increase the student's understanding of the musical language, structure and expressive content of tonal music, and so to enhance his/her response to it as a listener and performer.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and Workshops
Knowledge and understanding
Understand the harmonic, thematic and formal structure of tonal music.
Comprehend theoretical nomenclature, assess its relevance and apply to a specific musical extract.
Annotate a musical score with relevant analytical symbols and terminology and describe in prose.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Demonstrate enhanced analytical skills
Demonstrate aesthetic awareness
Use technical vocabulary for descriptive purposes
Exhibit an attention to detail
- Analytical skills
- Analysing repertoire, texts and other materials
- Group/team working
- Team work (collaborating with peers in workshops);
- Project management
- Time management skills (preparing for exam throughout the semester);
- Oral communication
- Oral skills (seminar discussion);
- Problem solving
- Creative problem solving (fulfilling set task with set resources for the workshops).
Examination: 2 hours (100%)
oral feedback on non-assessed formative assignments in workshops
written feedback on examination
additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)
The following is a list of Indicative Reading for the course-unit:
Beethoven, Ludwig van, The 35 Piano Sonatas, ed. Barry Cooper, vol. I (London: ABRSM, 2007).
Caplin, William, Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (New York: OUP, 1990).
Rosen, Charles, The Classical Style: Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart (London: Faber, 1971); Sonata Forms (New York: Norton, 1980).
Schoenberg, Arnold, Fundamentals of Musical Composition, ed. Gerald Strang and Leonard Stein (London: Faber, 1961); Structural Foundations of Harmony, ed. Leonard Stein (London: Norgate, 1954).
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||6|
|Independent study hours|
|Camden Reeves||Unit coordinator|