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Paper 1: Analysis Portfolio

Aims and objectives

To enable candidates to demonstrate their engagement with analytical issues and methods at an advanced level.

Description of the course

This paper requires that candidates demonstrate their understanding of a range of analytical issues and methods. The two submitted essays, which will usually be supplemented by extensive musical examples, may both involve analysis of selected compositions; alternatively, one or both of the essays might address theoretical issues raised by the work of other analysts, or offer critiques of specific existing analyses. The possible range of topics and approaches will necessarily be very wide, but might include some of the following: Schenkerian analysis; pitch-class set theory; neo-Riemannian transformational theory; text-music relationships; functional analysis; motivic analysis; analysis of serial compositions; analysis of rhythm, timbre, and other non-pitched parameters; analysis of performance; and listener-oriented analysis. Candidates are reminded that there are no limits on the musical repertoires upon which their projects may draw. 

Progress will be monitored mainly by individual supervisions (to be arranged by Directors of Studies), but the Faculty will provide one lecture early in the Michaelmas Term, exploring current analytical trends and the choice and definition of essay topics.

Lecturer: Paul Wingfield

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