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MUSIC 2630 Theory IV

3 hours


This course examines the development of new concepts and theories of music that led to significant departures from standard musical practices and ideals. Students will explore twentieth century pitch resources, and contrast late tonal techniques and styles of composers such as Debussy, Ives, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and more. Analysis of specific works will promote discussions, tracing theoretical paths that led to the development of post tonal and avant-garde music. The content is designed to:

  1. Widen your knowledge of, appreciation for, and ability to identify, describe, and critically assess musical works in light of the innovative ideas that led to their creation.
  2. Give you a sophisticated understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, and stylistic revelence of these works in order to better comprehend the historical impact of radical departures from the norm.
  3. To practically apply your knowledge of musical elements in order to create informed and appropriate musical interpretations within the body of music that forms your own repertoire.
  4. To introduce you to the oral expression of your music in the style of a professional lecture presentation, so  that you can improve your skills in verbally describing music and musical analysis.

Prerequisite(s): MUSIC 2610 Theory III