MUSC 3541 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Schenkerian Analysis, Good Music

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29 Nov 2016
Music Analysis Seminar
Lecture 2
Taking long pieces of music and breaking it down in much simpler, big picture
Music is made of various layers.
Surface of music is Foreground.
Deepest layer is Background.
Layers of elaborations in between are Middle Ground.
2 voice structure
Right Hand: 3 2 1
Left Hand: 1 5 1
Tonal Space: the intervals between the notes of the tonic triad form this which is filled
with passing and neighbor notes, producing new triads and new tonal spaces, open for
further elaborations until the score is reached.
Interruption - 3 2 or 5 4 3 2, ends on 2 in melody then restarts and makes its way down
to 1 next time. Will always return to 1. If it doesn’t it’s either not finished or “not good
music” by Schenkerian standards.
Theory only follows “master composers” and “master works.” Channeled nature.
All pieces are based off of original tonic triad.
In a Schenkerian analysis:
Open note heads in analysis are most important (use for Ursatz).
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