Spring 2009

Repertoire and Analysis

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-33


Graham G. Hunt (Section 01)


A continuation of Music 32. In this course we will probe a wealth of works by composers including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, using the new “Sonata Theory” developed by James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy. The analytical method, which involves an appraisal of sonata-form elements from the starting point of established “generic defaults” and deviations thereof, will be used as a lens through which to explore our repertoire, which includes chamber music, symphonies, opera overtures, and piano sonatas, Critical listening and writing exercises will develop the students’ knowledge of the repertoire and the theory, as well as their ability to address analytical flexibility, hermeneutical analysis, and the historical influence of the Viennese masters on 19th-century composers. Work will consist of weekly writing assignments, extensive listening activities, and class presentations/discussion leading. Fulfills either the departmental seminar requirement or the comprehensive exam requirement for the major. Requisite: Music 31 and 32, or consent of the instructor. Instructor consent required. Spring semester. Professor Hunt.