MUSIC 701, Course Schedule

Class 1: September 13
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis and other approaches
  • Sample Analysis 1
  • Introduction to Learn Link; signing on, making notes
  • Readings and Assignments:
    1. Complete the Learn Link survey by the end of this week. The survey is found in the Administration folder.
    2. By Tuesday, Read the article "Schenkerian Analysis" by David Walker (six pages)
    3. By Thursday at the latest, Criticize the article "Schenkerian Analysis" in about 500 words on Learn Link

    4. You should crit. the article both in objective terms-e.g. you do or don't like or agree with the work. and in subjective terms, e.g. the article means a lot to you or not.
    5. By Monday before class, Read each other's critiques and reply with at least two substantive comments.
    6. Check out my analysis of the Mozart C-major piece.
    7. Have a close look at the Mozart B-flat major Allegro, and try to sketch out some of the ideas and patterns of the piece. Bring your ideas to class.

    Class 2: September 20
  • Mozart C Major Minuet, continued.
  • Problems in Schenkerian analysis (coming out of your crits.), and discussion of issues in the Bach F-Major Prelude.
    1. prose form and style and target audience (Antonella, Nicholas, Catherine)
    2. performance notions (Ruth)
    3. validity issues (Barbara), (Jennifer)
    4. computer issues (Nicholas)
    5. Technical issues: fundamental line (Catherine), (Megan)
  • Review of Learn Link basics: when to use attachements, when to use cut and paste from a word processor.
  • Computer technique: scanning, uploading, inserting graphics into Learn Link
  • Cooperative learning: working in groups
  • Readings and Assignments:
    1. What does an analysis article look like?: Cadwallader and Gagne, pp. 207-214: Schubert, Wandrers Nachtlied, Op 96, No. 3.
    2. Do a short Schenkerian analysis of part-one of Mozart's B-flat Allegro with scans of your graphs and put it on Learn Link (can be a group project if appropriate). (By Thursday, if possible)
    3. Read each other's work in progress and briefly critique at least one of the essays. (By Friday)
    4. Read Renwick's analysis of Parts A and B of the Mozart C-major Minuet {on Learn Link] and comment as appropriate. (By Friday)
    5. Read over the description of the on-line journal and be prepared to discuss job roles and any other issues of concern next class. (By Monday)

    Class 3: September 27
  • Sample Analysis Part 1 of the Mozart B-flat major Allegro.
  • Create the publication committee
  • creating and FTPing an HTML document.
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Analyse the second part of the Mozart Allegro in B-flat.  Use graphs, and put your scans on Learn Link (can be groups again, same or different).
    2. Criticize two other analyses on the basis of content, organization and interest (400 words each). Include specific comments on analytical interpretation where possible.
    3. Read the four analysis articles on the Schubert C Major Moment Musical, and comment as appropriate in the Schubert folder in Learn Link.
    4. Look at the pieces that I handed out, and begin making decisions about who will do which piece for a term project.
    5. Experiment with saving a file in HTML format and FTPing it to your directory in the MUS701 part of desktop12.   Ask if you need help.  The file will serve as the basis for your home page, and ultimately be the location of your term paper-article.
    6. Managing editors, please summarize and distribut the task list for the journal, thanks.

    Class 4: October 7
  • Select ternary form pieces for term papers.
  • Discussion of Part 2 of Mozart Allegro in B-flat
  • Introduction to ternary form
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Read Levy and Levarie, Musical Morphology (ML 108 .L48 1983)"Fundamentals and Methods", "Growth and Limitation", Multiplicity and Unity" (pp. 3-48),  "Aria", "Beginning, Middle, and End", "Binary-Ternary", "Bowform", "Matter and Form", "Ontic-Gignetic", "Repetition".  PROVIDE a concise reaction to this reading in Learn Link, in the older "Class Discussion"
    2. Read Douglass Green, Form in Tonal Music, "Ternary Forms"
    3. Read Renwick, "Ternary Form" in Learn Link
    4. Do a third short analysis, of the Bach Minuet, part A, with scans and put it on Learn Link (can be groups again, but different groups only.
    5. Do a concise Learn Link presentation on the basic form and parts of your ternary piece.  This should be in your own folder, where you will be able to develop your analysis as the term proceeds.
    6. Create your own web page if you haven't done so already.

    Class 5: October 18
  • Review of everyone's pieces with basis overview of form  and issues arising.
  • Review of issues in ternary form and Douglass Green.
  • Discussion of Levy and Levarie material
  • Discussion of Bach Minuet, Part A
  • Comments on:  "Hidden Fugal Paths"
  • Web pages
  • Editorial structure
  • Readings and Assignments:
    1. Analyse part of your A section (the theme or whatever) of your ternary piece. Post your analysis on Learn Link or on the web as appropriate.
    2. Crit the two analyses that have been assigned to you as appropriate.
    3. Analyse part B of the Bach Minuet.  Post your analysis on Learn Link.
    4. Read the sample ternary analysis on Beethoven Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1, found in Cadwallader and Gagne, Analysis of Tonal Music, pp. 252-262. Comment on it in Learn Link as appropriate.
    5. Begin to apply the Levy and Levarie to your piece if possible.
    6. Read some of Reti (in your office) in order to glean a basic conception of motivic analysis.

    Class 6: October 25
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Read Schubert, Moment Musical Op. 94, no. 2 in Cadwallader and Gagne, Analysis of Tonal Music, pp. 252-262. Write a brief critical report on the essay.
    2. Analyse the "B" section of your ternary piece. Post your analysis on Learn Link .

    Class 7: November 1
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Analyse the "A'" section of your ternary piece. Post your analysis on Learn Link .

    Class 8: November 8
  • Assign peer-review readers for articles
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Read and compare the various analyses of Schubert, found in Maury Yeston, Readings in Schenkerian Analysis and Other Approaches, pp. 141-201
    2. Synthesize your analysis, and write a draft article that combines the previous work.

    Class 9: November 15
  • Register, Motive, Style, Rhetoric
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. As a member of the publications committee, review your two assigned papers and write critical commentaries on each (ca. 1000 words each) on Learn Link

    Class 10: November 22
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Revise your article and graphs in light of the commentaries of your peers, prepare the final version of your article for publication.

    Class 11: November 29: Final Class
  • Departmental Course Evaluations
  • Readings and Assignments
    1. Coordinate with the publication committee for the final production of your work.

    December 6: publication date for Schenkerian Analysis Forum 
    Write to the instructor, William Renwick at renwick@mcmaster.ca