SOUND PATTERNS

A Structural Examination of Tonality, Vocabulary, Texture,
Sonorities, and Time Organization in Western Art Music

by PHILLIP MAGNUSON

THREE ANALYSIS PROJECTS

Chapter 38. W. A. Mozart: Minuet in D Major
Chapter 39. Frederic Chopin: Prelude in E Major
Chapter 40. Richard Strauss: Morgen

Introduction

Putting it together

The next three chapters deal with three compositions from the second half of the Common Practice Period which will allow you to exercise all of the knowledge you have gained so far. The music is unique and it is remarkable. It represents all of the standard elements of tonality, vocabulary, texture, sonority, and time organization, and yet each exhibits extraordinary experimentation as well. The pieces are placed chronologically from the middle of the Classical style (c. 1785) through the beginning of the Romantic style (c. 1835) to the end of Common Practice Period (c. 1895).

Do-it-yourself projects

While all analyses and conclusions are ultimately given in each chapter, it is vital that each student works independently on the pieces before consulting the answers in the text. The process of doing the analysis (active learning) is far more important than just reading the answers (passive learning).


Links to other units in Sound Patterns
FUNDAMENTALS
BASIC RULES FOR SPECIES COUNTERPOINT
DIATONIC PROCEDURES I: Harmonic Dimensions
DIATONIC PROCEDURES II: Expanding the Phrase
DIATONIC PROCEDURES III: Substitutions
CHROMATIC PROCEDURES I: Moving from the Global Key
THE ABC's OF CHORALE SETTING
LARGER PERSPECTIVES
CHROMATIC PROCEDURES II: Modal Mixtures
CHROMATIC PROCEDURES III: Advanced Vocabulary
MICROCOSMS: Musical Styles of the Twentieth Century

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