Spring 2022

Form in Tonal Music

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-242

Formerly listed as: MUSI-32


Katherine A. Pukinskis (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 as it interacts with form in the works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. In the second half of the course we will consider the branching and fracturing of form in tonal music as it corresponds to the evolution of tonality in the 19th, 20th, and 21st-centuries. Topics include counterpoint, Baroque dances, liturgical forms, the sonata, song forms (classical, jazz, musical theater, popular music), and music with other media.Fulfills one of the required music theory sequences for majors. Two lectures and two ear-training section per week.

Requisite: Music 241 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Pukinskis.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, artistic work, visual analysis, aural analysis. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2023-24: 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