david bard-schwarz
  • MUTH 5370: Analytical Techniques III, Summer I 2017
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, (and one Friday, June 9) online
  • Office Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to noon Central Standard Time

  • Instructor: Dr. David Bard-Schwarz
  • Office: MU 104
  • E-mail: david.schwarz@unt.edu

In this course we will listen to and analyze 20th Century Music. We will emphasize precise musical-theoretical analysis incorporated into clear, persuasive language. The main parts of the course will comprise: 1) atonal pitch-class set theory and atonal music written roughly from 1905 to 1923, 2) 12-tone analytical techniques.

All course materials are present on this website in the form of pdf files (that you may download) and video lectures. There will be two video lectures per day; I will compress and post them to the website by 5 p.m. on each day. In addition, one book is required for the course: Straus, Joseph N. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory Third Edition. (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2005).

Grades will be determined as follows: (papers will loose 1/3 a letter per day late).

  • Paper #1 = 50% (on a primarily atonal piece using atonal pitch-class set theory).
  • Paper #2 = 50% (on a primarily serial piece using 12-tone techniques).

The papers will be like concise master's theses (in quality and precision, not length). You'll begin with a clear thesis establishing the audience, purpose, and voice of your writing. The papers will be clearly-written at the sentence, paragraph, and essay levels. For those papers that incorporate criticism, arguments will use all three forms of citation: short quotes, long quotes, paraphrases. Papers will incorporate precise musical illustrations of your ideas and the examples will vary from exact references to moments or sections of a work to speculative, synthetic assertions about the musical-theoretical structure of a passage at hand.