Form in Tonal Music

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Amherst College

A continuation of MUSI 241 and the second of the required music theory sequence for majors. In this course we will study different manifestations of formal principles, along with the relationship of form to harmony and tonality. We will start with pre-tonal music (Lassus) focus on the understanding of musical form in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Topics to be covered will include minuet, variation, sonata form, the romantic character piece and eighteenth-century counterpoint. There will be analyses and writing exercises, as well as model compositions and analytic papers. Two class meetings and two ear-training sections per week.

Requisite: MUSI 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Valentine Professor Meltzer.

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Form in Tonal Music
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Harold Meltzer

WF 12:00PM-01:20PM

ARMU 102