Graduate Seminar in Music Analysis

University of California, Irvine

A survey of approaches to understanding Western music by analyzing its composition, its performance, its theoretical and aesthetic bases, and its role in contemporary culture.

Professor Christopher Dobrian
Fall Quarter, 2002
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:20
Music and Media Building, Room 220

Christopher Dobrian
Associate Professor, Department of Music
303 Music and Media Building
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

Phone: (949) 824-7288
Fax: (949) 824-4914

Office: 211 Music and Media Building
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:00 by appointment

This course takes a multi-pronged approach to the understanding of music, through listening, score study, reading, writing, and discussion. The premise of this approach is that music exists not only as transient sounds, but also in other manifestations such as written notations, sound recordings, discourse about music (descriptive and generative theories, aesthetic theory and criticism, etc.), social/cultural phenomena, and commercial enterprise. The goal is for each student to discover new ways of understanding and appreciating musical expression and culture, and to develop clear critical and analytical faculties.

Music 35B or equivalent (Post-tonal Theory) and Music 155A or equivalent (Analysis)

Required text:
Music Analysis Reader. Compiled excerpts of texts and music scores.
Course packet available at University Readers, Inc., The Princeton Review, UCI Marketplace, 4255 Campus Drive, Suite A108.

(See also the bibliography of recommended readings.)

Final Exam:
Tuesday, December 10, 10:30-12:30 am, Music and Media Building, Room 220

Course Requirements:
- Participation in at least 90% of all class sessions.
- Timely completion of assigned readings, listenings, and analyses.
- Midterm oral analysis presentation.
- Publishable analysis article, including rough draft, final version, and oral presentation.
- Final exam.

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