Music 311                               Schedule of Readings and Assignments (subject to modification with notice)

 

All readings are in Materials and Techniques of Twentieth Century Music (3rd edition) by Stefan Kostka.   After the first week, readings in the text should be completed by the date they are assigned.  Designated assignments in fundamentals, analysis and composition in the text are due on the second date of the topic being discussed. 

 

dates

topic

pages

fundamentals

analysis

composition

8/25-8/30

Twilight of the Tonal System

1-14

 

 

 

9/1-9/6

Scale Formations

22-37

2 (E), 3, 4, 5 (3)

4

5 (keep same tonic)

9/8-9/13

Chords and Simultaneities

46-66

2

3, 7

 

9/15-9/20

Melody and Voice Leading

74-92

2 (review)

2

2

9/22-9/27

Harmonic Progression and Tonality

98-110

1-9 (review)

6, 7

Choose any one, write your own

9/29-10/4

Developments in Rhythm

114-135

 

3, 4, 5

Choose one

10/6-10/11

Formal Considerations

140-154

 

Syncopations (Bartok)

 

10/13-10/18

Imports and Allusions

157-172

1, 2

 

 

10/20-10/25

Non-Serial Atonality

175-192

1, 2, 3

 

Choose one

10/27-11/1

Classical Serialism

198-214

 

1

1, 2, 3

11/3-11/8

Timbre and Texture:  Acoustic

222-240

 

 

 

11/10-11/15

Timbre and Texture:  Electronic

245-259

 

 

 

11/17-11/22

Serialism after 1945

264-280

 

2

1

11/29-12-1

Chance and Choice

284-298

2

 

Choose one

12/6-12/8

Minimalism and Beyond

301-316

 

 

1 or 2

 

Text will be supplemented with scores handed out in class.   Listening resources available in Media Center.