Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
This subject aims to introduce the main musical forms from the Baroque era to the 20th century and to develop the practical analytical skills of the student. 1st semester - Main concepts and general principles of musical analysis - Main forms of the baroque era (binary form, baroque sonata, rondo, concerto, da capo forms, basso ostinato variations) - The forms of the classical themes (sentence, period, small binary, small ternary) - Compound ternary (Minuet/Trio form) - Theme and variations 2nd semester - Slow movement forms - Rondo and sonata-rondo - Sonata form - Concerto form - Large-scale forms in the 19th and 20th-century music The lectures include the introduction of new theoretical material, listening and analysis of the selected pieces, and class discussion. Independent work includes analysis of the given pieces and the student's own repertoire, as well as reading.
Knowledge of elementary music theory, classical harmony and counterpoint
On completion of this subject, the student will be able to - Characterize and differentiate the standard musical forms of the 18th and 19th centuries; - Recognize these forms in practice, including in his/her own repertoire; - Describe the tonal organization of the tonal composition and find out its cadences; - Describe the phrase structure of the piece; - Divide the large-scale forms into sections and define the function of each section (main theme, transition, subordinate theme etc.) - Notice the most important thematic connections and characterise the thematic process; - Differentiate the conventional techniques from the specific features of the piece; - Express the result of the analysis cohesively and logically, both in an oral and written form.

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, advanced
    Music theory students, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    no e-learning elements used in this course
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    Kerri Kotta. Muusikateooria õpik: Rein Laul, Seitseteist etüüdi Beethoveni muusikast. Scripta Musicalia, Tallinn, 2001. Mõeldes muusikast. Toim. Jaan Ross ja Kaire Maimets. Varrak, Tallinn, 2004. [Focus on the essays by Rein Laul and Mart Humal.] William E. Caplin, Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Oxford University Press, 1998. James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy, Elements of Sonata Theory. Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Kerri Kotta


Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre


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This European project (KA 203 Strategic Partnership) created by Salvatore Gioveni promotes cross-border collaboration in the field of Music Theory through sharing knowledge and transferring pedagogical innovation. It thus responds to a lack of centralised source and framework to deepen reflection by means of cross-disciplinary study at European and international level.

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