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By the end of the module the student will:
Demonstrate an awareness of the interaction between figuration and harmony and the basic principles of variation technique by composing a florid solo instrumental part to a given bass;
Be able to reduce an orchestral or choral score to a keyboard texture;
Show an awareness of two-part counterpoint in vocal and keyboard idioms;
Develop a basic awareness of more complex musical forms (ternary, rondo, sonata and fugue);
Understand the basic principles of chromatic harmony, and be able to identify chromatic chords in musical examples;
At the keyboard, demonstrate the ability to realize simple figured-bass textures, harmonise a short melodic fragment, and play common cadential formulas at the keyboard.
Chapters 17, 22–31, 34 and 38–39 of Burstein & Straus, Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony (New York & London: W. W. Norton, 2016).
Harmonic figuration and variation technique.
Ternary, rondo and sonata forms.
Chromatic harmony (diatonic and applied diminished sevenths, Neopolitan and augmented sixths).
More advanced aural skills.
Reading figured bass and playing cadential formulas at the keyboard.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Written assignment: Make keyboard reductions of short excerpts from choral and orchestral scores.||Week 4||n/a||Graded||No||
|Group Project: Week 11/12 group presentation: Present a brief analysis of a piece of 19th- or early 20th-century keyboard or choral music, discussing the composer's use of texture and chromatic harmony.||Week 11||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Mark based on preparation for and participation in tutorials.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Examination: Questions on material covered in class.||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Practical examination based on material covered in Practical Musicianship classes, and continuous assessment mark based preparation for and participation in Practical Musicianship classes.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Written assignment: Write variations on a given harmonic framework, and complete a simple two-part counterpoint.||Week 8||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Not yet recorded.
|David O'Shea||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Mr Connor Wilcox||Tutor|