Methodology of music analysis II: Contemporary music

Course Information
TitleΜεθοδολογία της μουσικής ανάλυσης ΙΙ: Σύγχρονη μουσική / Methodology of music analysis II: Contemporary music
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600013903

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 14
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses535
Music CompositionElective Courses535

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of music analysis and acquaintance of the musical repertoire of the 20th and 2st century
Learning Outcomes
The familiarity and understanding from the student of the formal and harmonic ingredients and functions of works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Ability in applying this knowledge in analysis in practice.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Study of current methodological approaches to the analysis of contemporary music. Representation and organization of pitch content, rhythm, musical texture and form. Focus on the Pitch Class Set theory (Forte, Rahn) and its application to the analysis of post-tonal music. Theoretical and practical study of classical and integral serialism, 20th century modality, neotonality, etc. Exercises on the analysis of music of the 20th and 21st century.
analysis, atonality, neotonality, serialism
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Internet and powerpoint. Equally important is the use of the piano for the live performance of musical examples and works under examination. Email for the communication with the students.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work391.3
Reading Assigment361.2
Written assigments331.1
Student Assessment
Analysis of works other than those studied during the semester, with the use of the presented methodologies. This process is announced in the first lesson of the semester. If clarification needed, this is given during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
  • Written examination (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Γενική βιβλιογραφία Bent, Ian (1980). "Analysis". Λήμμα στο New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Sadie, St. (ed.) (τόμος 1, σελ. 340-388). Macmillan, London. Bent, Ian & Drabkin, William (1987). Analysis. Macmillan, London. Cook, Nicholas (1987). A Guide to Musical Analysis. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Dunsby, Jonathan & Whittall, Arnold (1988). Music Analysis in Theory and Practice. Faber Music, London. Ειδική βιβλιογραφία Forte, Allen. The Structure of Atonal Music. Rahn, John. Basic Atonal Theory. Straus, Joseph. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory. Perle, George. Serial Composition and Atonality. Kostka, Stefan. Materials and Techniques of 20th-Century Music. Kostka, Stefan & Payne, Dorothy. TONAL HARMONY with an introduction to 20th-Century Music. Lester, Joel. Analytic Approaches to Twentieth-Century Music. Williams, Kent. Theories and Analyses of Twentieth-Century Music.
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