In this course, you will deepen your understanding of music theory, extending it to include chromatic alterations of the tonal system. As you increase your knowledge of music theory, you will analyze a number of masterpieces from the late-eighteenth to the nineteenth century through which you will learn how to use analytical tools to understand the composition, a particular period’s style, and musical meaning. This will help you become a better musician in a number of ways, allowing you to perform a particular piece from an informed point of view, to be able to discuss it intelligently with audiences and scholars, and to defend your interpretation with clear musical evidence.
The goal of this course is to enrich your knowledge of and appreciation for music in the European tradition by closely examining foundational musical principles. By the end of this course, you will be able to use and analyze advanced tonal techniques both aurally and in notation. These techniques will include enharmonic modulations, altered and extended dominants, pivot chords, and direct modulations in various kinds of genres such as chorale, concert, and chamber works. With these tools, you will allow you to express your own informed interpretation of how a composer uses various harmonic techniques to achieve a certain result.
Mandatory course reader