Harmony II

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The course aims to learn the foundations of voice leading and the main concepts of tonal harmony, emphasizing chromatic harmony (tonicization, altered chords, non-major/minor scales). Music examples will be analyzed, composed, and performed in the course. - The acoustic foundations of the major triad. Harmonic series - Digital notation - The foundations of counterpoint in two-voice texture - Embellishing tones - Practical assignments of composing in two-voice texture (chromatic tones included) - Altered triads and seventh chords - Concepts of efficient (minimal) voice leading in diatonic and chromatic sequences - The foundations of ‘extended’ tonal practices - Practical assignments of composing in three- and four-voice textures - Some basics of figured bass (basso continuo) - Efficient voice leading in four-voice texture - Tonicization and modulation in the context of sonata form - Augmented sixth chords - Non-major/minor scales. Modes of limited transposition - Concepts of tonality and the modes of limited transposition in the music of the second half of the 19th century. Transformational (neo-Riemannian) methods of harmonic analysis - Concepts of efficient voice leading - An introduction to the methods of music analysis
Basic knowledge of tonal harmony (see Harmony I of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre)
As an outcome of the course, the student will be familiar with the above-mentioned topics, including the basics of voice leading, and the concepts of ‘extended’ tonal harmony.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    2x45 minutes
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
    Music theory students, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    no e-learning elements used in this course
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    Gauldin, Robert. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004 Kotta, Kerri. Muusikateooria õpik. [Music theory] http://mt.ema.edu.ee Sundberg, Johan. Õpetus muusikahelidest. Tallinn: Scripta Musicalia, 1995 Tool, Aare. Piiratud transponeeritavusega heliread ja vorm Eduard Oja muusikas. Tallinn: Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia, 2016
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  • evaluation grid
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