Music Analysis

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
100EHA1 credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

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The classes are taught in English.

At the beginning of the course the instructor prepares a number of example analyses to explain in detail the issues of the course.

In the second half of the semester students bring analyses of composers of their own culture. Use of similar elements in diferent context is compared. Once in the semester, each student presents his own complete analysis of a composition chosen in cooperation with the instructor.

Learning outcomes

The course aim is to learn to work with scores. To get to understanding a musical organism in both the vertical and horizontal aspects, as well as from a perspective of detail and as a whole. The relationship of musical and extra-musical components of the studied compositions (text, theatre action). Linkages to other types of arts, philosophy. Comparative analysis of characteristic features of national music presented by the attending students.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Required is a basic knowledge of form, harmony and counterpoint. For non-musicians alternatives according to their specialization (form within their media).

The communication language is English.


LaRue, Jan. Guidelines for style analysis : expanded second edition with models for style analysis, a companion text. Michigan : Harmonie Park Press, 2011.

Owen, Harold. Modal and tonal counterpoint : from Josquin to Stravinsky. New York : Schirmer, 1992.

Tymoczko, Dmitri. A Geometry of music : harmony and counterpoint in the extended common practice. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Krenek, Ernst. Zwölfton-Kontrapunkt-Studien. Mainz : Schott, 1952.

Pratt, George. The dynamics of harmony : principles & practice. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1996

Schönberg, Arnold. Theory of Harmony : Harmonielehre. New York : Philosophical Library, 1948

Caplin, William Earl. Classical form : a theory of formal functions for the instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998

Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: activity in the course, development and presentation of the semester's written work.

The overall evaluation is comprised of 60% for activity in the course and 40% for the presentation of own analysis.



Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

room 2057
Učebna 2057

(Liechtenstein Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 14:15–15:45 Iva OPLIŠTILOVÁ Učebna 2057
Liechtenstein Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans