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Curricular Unit: Musical Analysis VI
Code: LCM013
Cientific Area: Musical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this curricular unit is to establish a connection between the music of the Second Viennese School and the other musical streams in the first half of the 20th century with the music of the post-war period. Students will study some of the main languages in use in the music of this last period. An overview of the Pitch Class Set theory is also given.


> Webern heritage and the integral serialism;

> Messiaen’s music: limited transposition modes and rhythm treatment techniques;

> Some of the techniques used by Varèse, Penderecki and Ligeti;

> Concrete music, electronic music and electroacoustic music: Schaeffer and Stockhausen;

> Other languages such as the microtonalism, the expectral music and the minimalism;

> Overview of Pitch Class Set theory.

Teaching Methodologies

The curricular unit consists of fourteen one and a half hour-long sessions. A list of repertory will be previously sent to students. Students, in each session, analyze one work (or a segment of a work). Whenever necessary, technical aspects related to the given subject are addressed separately.


Adler, S. (2002). The Study of Orchestration. Nova Iorque: W. W. Norton & Company

Dunsby, J. & Whittall, A. (1988). Music Analysis in Theory and Practice. Londres: Faber Music Ltd

Forte, A. & Gilbert, S. E. (1982). Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis. Nova Iorque: W. W. Norton & Company

Hill, P. (1995). The Messiaen Companion. Londres: Faber and Faber

Kostka, St. & Payne D. (1995). Tonal Harmony with an Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music. Nova Iorque: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

Kostka, St. (1999). Materials and Techniques of Twentieth-Century Music. Hoboken, New Jersey: Prentice Hall

Morgan, R. P. (1991). Twentieth-Century Music – a history of musical style in modern Europe and America. Nova Iorque: W. W. Norton & Company

Lester, J. (1989). Analytic approaches to Twentieth-century Music. Nova Iorque: W. W. Norton & Company

Palisca, C. V., Ed. (1988). Norton Anthology of Western Music, 2nd Ed. Londres: Norton & Company, Incorporated, W. W.

Teaching Staff

Emanuel Frazão