Run by School of Music and Media
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Mr Stephen Rees
Overall aims and purpose
This module will seek to help the student to:
Gain understanding of the analytical theory and practice of Heinrich Schenker, with particular focus on his conceptual premises, analytical techniques and methods of presentation;
Study specimen analyses of music from the period c.1700 to c.1900;
Apply Schenkerian analytical techniques to selected pieces from the same period;
Develop an awareness of structural processes in music, especially with regard to voice-leading;
Evaluate the viability of applying Schenker’s method to repertory outside of his own area of study.
This module introduces the analytical theory and practice of Heinrich Schenker (1868–1935), with particular focus on his conceptual premises, analytical techniques and methods of presentation; specimen analyses of music from the period c.1700 to c.1900 will be considered in detail. Schenker’s techniques and methods will be applied to the analysis of other works from the same period. Additionally, the applicability of this methodology to music to ‘non-Schenkerian repertoires’ will be evaluated.
Work that demonstrates a limited understanding of the analytical theory and practice of Heinrich Schenker and limited skills in the application of the methodology. Some evidence of understanding of structural processes in music and a limited ability to think critically, analytically and logically.
Work that demonstrates a good understanding of the analytical theory and practice of Heinrich Schenker and good skills in the application of the methodology. Evidence of a good understanding of structural processes in music and a good ability to think critically, analytically and logically.
Work that demonstrates an excellent understanding of the analytical theory and practice of Heinrich Schenker and robust skills in the application of the methodology. Evidence of excellent understanding of structural processes in music and an excellent ability to think critically, analytically and logically.
acquired an understanding of the analytical theory and practice of Heinrich Schenker
developed skills in their application of Schenker's Theories and Schenkerian methodology;
acquired greater understanding of structural processes in music;
developed their powers of critical, analytical and logical thought.
|COURSEWORK||Analysis Coursework 1||
Analysis of a short instrumental piece.
|COURSEWORK||Analysis Coursework 2||
Analysis of a song.
|COURSEWORK||Final Assignment in Analysis||
Analysis of a more extended piece of music, together with prose commentary of 800–1000 words.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Normally one seminar of 50 minutes per week for 11 weeks.
Normally one lecture of 50 minutes per week for 11 weeks.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
- Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
- Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
- Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
- Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
- Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)
Resource implications for students
Set text: purchase of following volume is a requirement. Tom Pankhurst, *SchenkerGUIDE: A Brief Handbook and Website for Schenkerian Analysis* (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2008). ISBN: 9780415973984
SET TEXT: REQUIRED PURCHASE
Pankhurst, Tom, SchenkerGUIDE (New York, 2008). Available as an e-book via Bangor Library catalogue [note accompanying website at http://www.schenkerguide.com/]
Bent, Ian D. & Anthony Pople, ‘Analysis, §II, 4: 1910-45’, Stanley Sadie (ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London, 2001), 548–53 [Oxford Music Online]
Cadwallader, Allen & David Gagné, Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach (Oxford, 1998). MT6.C12 A53 1998
Cook, Nicholas, ‘Schenkerian Analysis’, A Guide to Music Analysis (London, 1987), pp.27-66. MT6.C775G8
Forte, Allen & Steven E. Gilbert, Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis (New York, 1982) MT6.F642I6
Jonas, Oswald, ‘Introduction’ to The Theory of Heinrich Schenker: The Nature of the Musical Work of Art, translated and edited by John Rothgeb (New York, c.1982) MT6.J76W43
Salzer, Felix, Structural Hearing: Tonal Coherence in Music, 2 volumes (New York, 1952) MT40.S24
Schenker, Heinrich, Fünf Urlinie-Tafeln (= Five Graphic Music Analyses) (New York, 1969) MT140.S29
Schenker, Heinrich, Der freie Satz (= Free Composition) vols. 1 and 2, trans./ed. Ernst Oster (New York, c. 1979) MT40.S29213
Yeston, Maury (ed.), Readings in Schenker analysis and other approaches (New Haven, 1977) ML432.S33 R4
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- W3P3: BA Astudiaethau'r Cyfr & Cherdd year 2 (BA/ACC)
- WW93: BA Creative Studies and Music year 2 (BA/CSTMUS)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 2 (BA/ELM)
- VW13: BA History and Music year 2 (BA/HMU)
- W3H6: BA Music and Electronic Engineering year 2 (BA/MEE)
- WV33: Music & Hist & Welsh Hist (IE) year 2 (BA/MHIE)
- W303: BA Music (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/MIE)
- PW33: BA Media Studies and Music year 2 (BA/MSMUS)
- RW13: BA Music/French year 2 (BA/MUFR)
- WR32: BA Music/German year 2 (BA/MUGE)
- WR33: BA Music/Italian year 2 (BA/MUIT)
- W300: BA Music year 2 (BA/MUS)
- WW38: BA Music and Creative Writing year 2 (BA/MUSCW)
- WW36: BA Music and Film Studies year 2 (BA/MUSFS)
- WR34: BA Music/Spanish year 2 (BA/MUSP)
- VVW3: BA Philosophy and Religion and Music year 2 (BA/PRM)
- QW53: BA Cymraeg/Music year 2 (BA/WMU)
- W304: BMus Music (with International Experience) year 2 (BMUS/MIE)
- W302: BMUS Music year 2 (BMUS/MUS)
- H6W3: BSc Electronic Engineering and Music year 2 (BSC/EEM)