Form analysis

Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
The seminar deals with form types for the analysis of works from the 16th-21st centuries. The seminar has its own focus per semester and is of a practical nature.
Students must pass the entrance examination in the subjects of music theory and aural training at the university in order to be able to study. The Form Theory lecture is also a prerequisite for the Form Analysis seminar.
Students should know the terminology of form theory and be able to apply it in a flexible and critically reflective manner.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    Moodle learning platform
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    For example:
    • Clemens Kühn: Formenlehre. 1987
    • Clemens Kühn: Analyse lernen. 1993
    • William Caplin: Classical Form. 1998
    • Arnold Schönberg: Grundlagen der musikalischen Komposition. 1937–48
    • Ulrich Kaiser:
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Britta Giesecke von Bergh

current position



Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig


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