Music Language 2: Chromaticism & Beyond

Subject 740-288 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: 740-122 Music Language 1: the Diatonic World
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Subject Overview: Building on the knowledge and process acquired in Music Language 1, the subject further engages compositional methodology through a survey of more complex contrapuntal procedures, including canon and fugal exposition, and surveys the function of the full gamut of chromatic harmony. An introduction to twentieth-century processes will also be made in the latter part of the course. Students are expected to write more complex three-part contrapuntal textures and four-part chromatic harmonic textures, demonstrating their understanding of voice leading and harmonic processes through regular assignments. Students should also develop an awareness of counterpoint and harmony in composition through a close study of the thematic material of set works from the Western canon.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • analyse and evaluate contrapuntal textures
  • generate compositional material based on a variety of contrapuntal devices
  • identify and evaluate contrapuntal procedures in selected established repertoire
  • analyse and evaluate harmonic textures
  • develop a wide-ranging harmonic vocabulary which can be used in a variety of compositional idioms
  • identify and evaluate harmonic procedures in selected established repertoire.

Weekly music notation assignments including an analysis assignment (50%); two-hour end-of semester examination (40%); one aural recognition test held end of semester (10%).

Students must complete all assessment requirements to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: Edward Aldwell and Carl Schachter. Harmony and Voice Leading, 2nd edn. Harcourt BraceJovanovich, 1988.
Kent Kennan. Counterpoint, 3rd edn, Prentice-Hall, 1987.
Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills: Students who have studied this subject should further develop and enhance:
  • analytical skills
  • skills in more advanced evaluative thinking, and in the application of complex theoretical criteria to a variety of practical outcomes.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music

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