Analysis of Compositional Forms

Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "P. Mascagni"
The course is divided into two parts: in first one several analytical methodologies are teached (segmentation, formal , thematic, semiologic, rethoric, statistic, schenkerian analysis), and in second one these tools are applied to musical forms from Renaissance to first Romantic period.
Very often this course is the first one in which students are requested to perform a music analysis. At the end of the course they should be able to segment and to retrieve main formal and structural elements, and their relations, in a piece of repertoire from Madrigals to main forms of Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods.

Further information

  • assessment
    Other (About 50% for a written analysis, and 50% for oral examination)
  • level
    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Completed Semester
    First and Second Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
    Instrumentalists, advanced
  • credits
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
  • Course
  • students #
    more than 25 students
  • Hours per year
    • Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Appunti per un modello generale di segmentazione melodica, in «Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale», Anno 2002/1, pp. 75-112 (38 pp.)
    • Ian Bent, Analisi Musicale, Torino, EDT 1991: pp. 100-111 (12 pp.); pp. 120-122 (3 pp.); pp. 145-157 (13 pp.); pp. 215-249 (35 pp.) → tot. 63 pp.
    • William Drabkin, Susanna Pasticci, Egidio Pozzi, Analisi schenkeriana, Lucca, LIM 1995: pp. 25-71 (47 pp.)
    • Arnold Schoenberg, Elementi di composizione musicale, Milano, Suvini Zerboni 1969
    • Giulio Bas, Trattato di forma musicale, Milano, Ricordi 1978
    • Riccardo Nielsen, Le forme musicali, Bologna, Bongiovanni, 1961
    • Charles Rosen, Le forme sonata, Milano, Feltrinelli 1986
    • William Caplin, Classical Form, New York, Oxford University, Press 1998
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Fabio De Sanctis De Benedictis

current position

Professor of Music Analysis and of Fundamentals of Composition


Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali "P. Mascagni"


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