Musical work and its structure

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The main components make up the structure of the musical composition and their interaction in the musical work. During the course, we discuss the archetypal models of harmony, counterpoint, and form used in the musical work and their manifestation in specific works.
The subject is intended for students who have no previous experience in the analysis of harmony, counterpoint or musical form.
By completing the course, the student has an overview of the elements that make up the musical work and can distinguish them in a specific work. The student is also familiar with the main archetypal models of harmony and form and can analyze their manifestation in a particular work or part of a work. At an elementary level, he can also analyze how the elements that make up a musical work are involved in creating musical content/meaning.

Further information

  • assessment
    Semester grade S
  • 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
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    no e-learning elements used in this course
  • Course
  • students #
    3-6 student
  • Hours per year
    Benjamin, Thomas; Horrets, Michael; Nelson, Robert. 2007 Music for analysis: examples of the common practice period and the twentieth century. New York: Oxford University Press
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Toomas Trass

current position

senior lecturer


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.

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.

Besides the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles as leader and manager of the project, the following partner institutions are involved: Music Academy S. Moniuszki Gdańsk (Gdańsk, Poland), F. Liszt Academy of Music Budapest (Budapest, Hungary), Estonian Academy for Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia), HfMTh "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (Leipzig, Germany).

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