Music theory and analysis

Latvian Academy of Music
Content: Methods of music analysis; specifics of instrumental and vocal music analysis; musical style, genre and form; expressive elements of music; musical forms in different historical and stylistic contexts Main methods used during the course: a) lectures by teacher: the presentation of theoretical material, as well as listening to some musical examples and analysing them; b) seminars: presentations of analyzed compositions made by students; c) group work: discussions about the main topics presented in the lectures and seminars.
Knowledge of classical music forms (period, simple and compound forms, the simplest examples of rondo, sonata form and variations), as well as knowledge of the main rules of classical tonal harmony
As a result of completing the course, the student 1) freely uses the terminology of music analysis, 2) uses the historical-stylistic approach in the description of elements of musical expression and form; 3) develops the ability to use different methods of music analysis.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E , Semester grade S
  • level
  • Completed Semester
    1, 2
  • How many semesters does the course last?
    2 semesters
  • hours per week
    90 minutes
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, advanced
  • credits
    Semester 1 - 1,5 ECTS; Semester 2 - 3 ECTS
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    moodle - lecture materials (abstracts); self-training tests
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    30 hours per semester, generally 60 hours
    Bent, I.D. (revised by A. Pople) (2001). Analysis. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by S. Sadie. Vol. 1. London: Macmillan. pieejams arī Grove Music Online, Berry, W. (1966). Form in Music. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall Caplin, W. (2000) Classical Form: a Theory of Formal Functions for the Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. New York : Oxford University Press Kārkliņš, L. (1993). Harmonija. Rīga: Zvaigzne Ļebedeva J. (2016). Baroka mūzikas formas. Rīga: JVLMA. Pieejams:
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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.

There is a significant wealth of educational practices from one country to another in this sector, especially in terms of harmonic musical notation and analysis. However, HMEI's are facing the nonexistence of a European network for pedagogical staff in Music Theory so far. To improve the situation, the project will among other things develop several intellectual outputs such as Online Platform (IO 1), an EU Bibliography (IO 2), a Repository Courses (IO 3), a Multilingual Glossary (IO 4) and an Exchange Online Learning Platform.

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