Spring 2020

Form in Tonal Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-242

Formerly listed as: MUSI-32


Klara Moricz (Section 01)


Music has the capacity to make us aware of the flow of time. Music theorists tried to capture this quality by describing music’s form, which, no matter how we define it, remains an abstraction. In this course we explore how tonal music unfolds in time, looking at the form of pre-tonal music by Lasso and investigating the gradual dramatization of the tonal process in the works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. At the end of the course we will consider the transformation of tonal music in the nineteenth century. Topics include eighteenth-century counterpoint, invention, fugue, minuet, sonata form, and romantic character piece.
Fulfills one of the required music theory sequences for majors. Two lectures and two ear-training sections per week. 
Requisite: Music 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Prof. Moricz.


Artistic Practice


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022