Special Topics in Advanced Analysis - Extended Tonal Techniques

Course Number: 445*/3.0 3L, S (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Theory and Composition

Instructor(s): Dr. Robert Rival

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): T: 1.00-2.30, Th: 11.30-1.00

Room: HLH 213

Calendar Description

Intensive study of a particular style or method of analysis, usually of a specific musical genre. Enrolment is limited.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE: MUSC 392* or permission of the School.

Additional Information

The twentieth century brought an explosion of new approaches to tonality that extended harmonic possibilities without abandoning tonality itself. Composers working in all genres explored and developed a dazzling variety of new techniques creating a body of work diverse in style and rich in expression. This course will examine the most important of these techniques through the analysis of representative works by composers including Debussy, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Britten, Messiaen and Nielsen. Special attention will be paid to Tymoczko’s recent and innovative theory elaborated in A Geometry of Music.