MUSIC 408 D
(timings are tentative)
Recapitulation: The tonal system, a historical perspective.
Common language/grammar. Enharmonic ambiguities in late romantic
Aesthetic trends at the turn of the 19th. century in Europe.
January 18 - 30
The demise of tonality
- Richard Strauss: Elektra, solo scene
- Debussy: ...danseuses de Delphes
- Schoenberg: Op.11
- Stravinsky: Three pieces for string quartet
First assignment due: 2/1
February 1 - 8
Constructive devices: Rhythm
- Stravinski: Sacre du printemps
First listening test: 2/8
February 13 - March 8
Non-tonal centricity and Modes
Polychords and polytonality.
Neo-classicism and constructivism.
Modes in medieval & renaissance
Western music; in East-European folklore; "artificial" scales.
- Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms, last movement
- Darius Milhaud - Le boeuf sur le toit
- Ives - Concord Sonata, The Alcotts
- Bartok - Dances in Bulgarian rhythms
- Enescu - Third Piano and Violin Sonata, Prelude to Oedipe, act I
- Varese - Density 21.5
Creative assignment due: 3/8
March 13 - 29
Constructive devices: Timbre
Bruitism; Dada and Futurism.
Klangfarbenmelodie, prepared piano.
- Varese - Ionisation
- Schoenberg - Five pieces for orchestra Op. 16, "Colors"
- Webern - Ricercar (orchestration from Bach's Musical Offering)
- Cowell - Aeolian Harp
- Cage - Sonatas and Interludes
Second listening test: 3/29
April 3 - May 1
Tone-row music and serialism. Messiaen and his musical technique.
Later developments: Xenakis's Sieves and Vieru's Book of Modes.
- Schoenberg - Variation for orchestra Op. 31
- Berg - Violin concerto
- Webern - Variations for piano Op. 27
- Messiaen - Poeme pour Mi
- Stravinsky - Movements for piano and orchestra
Second assignment due 5/1
Final exam (comprehensive): Thursday, May 10, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
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