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PART I: CHROMATIC HARMONY

Week 1

Aug 25-29

Retention/Success issues

 

REVIEW

Figured Bass

 

Part-writing review to be completed in class

Benward vol. I, p. 212

 

Secondary chord review

 Construct secondary chords (boardwork)

Use WS36 in notebook

Secondary dominant Wksheet Side A

Secondary dominant Wksheet Side B

 

 

Bach's chord changes

 

 

Link to Course Outline

On the top of this page, File - Send - Shortcut to desktop

 

Print 5 sheets of staff paper

See links above.  Keep a supply with you at all times.  You should NEVER have to borrow staff paper.

 

Music theory:  observations used to analyze and to understand music

Week 2

Sep 1-5

 

No class on Monday

Labor Day

 

 

BORROWED CHORDS

 

Borrowed chords

 

Mode mixture

 

Examples:  Benward Chapter 4

 

Construct borrowed chords and resolutions (boardwork)

Use Chapter 4 Borrowed Chords worksheet

Due Fri

Assignment #1:  Create borrowed chords assignment (handout)

 

 

 

Borrowed chords

Print this!

Week 3

Sep 8-12

NEAPOLITAN 6th CHORDS

 

Neapolitan 6ths (Teoria)

N6s with examples

Practice constructing N6's

Examples

 

Moonlight Sonata Excerpt

 

 

Construct Neapolitan chords at board

 

AUGMENTED 6th CHORDS

 

Augmented 6ths (Teoria)

Aug 6ths with examples

Augmented 6ths - simple explanation

 

Board work:  Construct Neapolitan 6th and Aug 6th

No Assignment Due Friday

 

 

 

Neapolitan 6th

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Week 4

Sep 15-19

 

OK - here's your song parody

to the tune of "The Addams Family"

 

Augmented sixths

Augmented sixths

These are the tricks so we won’t mix

Augmented sixths.

 

Italian, French and German

Now here’s how to determine

The 3rd, we’ll be affirmin’

Just check the 4th and 5th.

 

Italian is completed,

A third is all that’s needed

And that note is repeated

In this augmented sixth.

 

The French one sounds so scary

The tritone’s customary

The tension’s temporary

In this augmented sixth.

 

The German is a jazz chord

Has 3 and 5, but not 4

It moves to tonic 6/4

In this augmented sixth.

 

The key to understanding:

The 6th will be expanding,

By half step will be landing,

It's easy to predict.

 

Mon/Wed Seat work:  Beethoven Piano Sonata and String Quartet

 

 

Due Friday

Assignment #2:  Augmented 6th Chords & Neapolitans

 

 

 

Augmented 6th

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Week 5

Sep 22-26

EXTENDED HARMONY

Extended Tertian Harmony

Play examples from Benward 8th ed. p. 180-183

 

 

ALTERED DOMINANTS

Play examples from Benward 8th ed. p. 194-195

 

Seat work in pairs: Duke Ellington "I Got It Bad"

 

Review for Mid-term Exam (Friday)

 

 

Due Friday

Assignment #3:  Extended Chords

 

 

Extended Harmony

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Week 6

Sep 29-Oct 3

CHROMATIC MODULATION

Modulation by diminished 7ths

Modulation by Neapolitan 6

Modulation by augmented 6ths

 

Types of Modulation

 

 

 

Monday

Mid-term exam

  
Due Friday
Assignment #4: Altered Dominants
 

Week 7

Oct 6-10

 

VARIATION TECHNIQUE

Theme & Variations Assignment specifics   

Click here for grading rubric

 

Chromatic harmony review sheet

Board work

 

Due Friday

Assignment #5:  Chromatic Modulation

 

 

PART II: FORM AND ANALYSIS

Week 8

Oct 13-17

 

Excellent intro to form

 

 

Binary form

Example of binary form

Example of rounded binary form

 

Ternary form

Example of ternary form

Example of ternary form

 

RONDO FORM

Example of rondo form

Analysis

Analysis by Listening

 

YouTube Shostakovich Largo and Led Zeppelin You Shook Me for Pandora-type analysis

Due Friday:

Assignment #6:  Variation composition plan

Tune selected; 5 methods of variation chosen; 2 measures of each composed

 

Email your Finale file to me by 8:30 am so we can play them in class.  Bring a hard copy for me to keep.

 

Go over Theme & Variations Assignment specifics  (one variation must be Classical, one must be chromatic)

Week 9

Oct 20-24

Monday

Finish review of composition plans

 

Wednesday in piano lab

Friday peer evaluation of Composition #1

 

Assign redo of chromatic variation if necessary

Due Friday 

Composition #1:  Theme and Variations complete composition

Hard copy due in class - Finale file must be e-mailed by 8:30am 

Name your file YourNameVariations.mus (or .musx)

Week 10

Oct 27-31

No class on Friday!

Text me a picture of you in costume for extra credit

 

Monday

Finish peer evaluation of Composition #1

Redo chromatic variation if necessary

 

SONATA FORM

 

 

The Evolution of Sonata Form

 

As demonstrated by screen beans

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

 

Sonata-Allegro Form Powerpoint

Example of sonata form

 

Written work completed in class:  Diagram of first movement structure. 

 

Class discussion:

Mozart’s Sonata, K. 283, No. 5, first movement (hand-out)

Mozart’s Sonata, K. 280, No. 2, first movement (hand-out)

 

Class discussion:

Mozart’s Sonata, K. 545, No. 16, III, (hand-out)

Haydn’s Sonata, No. 5, movement III (in textbook, Assignment 9.1, pp. 167-70) 

 

 

Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 21, No. 1,mvmt.I

 

 

Week 11

Nov 3-7

Seat work:  Sonata K283 Analysis

Please use this  SonataAnalysisForm

 

Listen to the Sonata.

 

 

Week 12

Nov 10-14

 

THE ROMANTIC PERIOD

 

Write a short composition of 16 to 30 measures in the style of a romantic character piece for piano.  Click here to go to the Character Piece Assignment page for more specific guidelines.  

 

 

 

 

 Due Friday:

Assignment #7:  Sonata Analysis

Print a copy of the Sonata assigned to you:    K280   K284   K332

Note:  Print only page 1-4!

 

 

Listen to your assigned Sonata below:

Sonata K. 280

Sonata K. 284

Sonata K. 332

Answer the  on the

SonataAnalysisForm

 

Don't forget the Roman numeral analysis of  the development section and to label the sections, themes and keys on the score

 

 

 

Week 13

Nov 17-21

REVIEW:  MODULATION

 

Class discussion:

Chopin’s Prelude, Op. 28, No. 7 (hand-out)

Chopin’s Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 (hand-out)

 

Listen to 

Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20.

 

 

 

Due Friday 

Composition #2:  Character Piece (hard copy due in class - Finale file must be e-mailed by 8:30am Monday)

 

 

Week 14

Nov 24-28

No class on Thurs or Fri

Thanksgiving

 

 

 

Week 15

Dec 1-3

CHAPTER 13: Continued

Class discussion:

  1. Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, D. 531

  2. Schumann’s “Waldesgespräch” from Liederkreis, Op. 39                   

  3. Schumann’s “Ich grolle nicht” from Dichterliebe, Op. 48           

 
  
K280K284K332
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Final Exam: 

 

 

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