Form and Syntax in Post-tonal Music

Department of Music, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 18585

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester Full Term

Module description

The wide variety of modernist music composed in the first half of the twentieth century which is roughly categorisable as 'post-tonal' has attracted an impressive range of analytical approaches. This course will introduce some of the more successful of these in the context of close readings of compositions by such figures as Stravinsky, Berg, Bartok and Dallapiccola. Particular emphasis will be given (i) to the investigation of the relation of their work to 'common practice' tradition, and (ii) to the difficulties it raises with respect to the key analytical issue of musical unity.