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Score Analysis


2.0 Credit, 2 Lecture, 0 Lab
Analysis of representative choral and instrumental works from the Renaissance through contemporary styles.

Score Analysis

Music 595 is to help you to

- Explore the nature and function of scores of all kinds.

- Answer the question of any score: what does this score tell me about the intended sound and what does it not tell me?

- Learn criteria for identifying style, period, and performance practice of any score.

Score types include:

1. Vocal music: various a capella genres (choral, barbershop, etc.), congregational hymns (including shape-note symbols and tonic sol-fa), Lieder, popular sheet music, folk transcriptions.

2.  Instrument-based genres:  works for solo instrument, chamber groups, and larger ensembles

3.  Alternative uses and adaptations of common-practice notation: lead sheets/fake books, charts/graphs (e.g., Schenker graphs), short scores, piano reductions, transcriptions, various indeterminate notations. 

4.  Miscellaneous non-common-practice notation.  These include tablatures, assorted graphic/pictographic representations, verbal scores, mathematical (e.g., ratio-based) notation.