Post-tonal Harmony

Akademia Muzyczna im. Stanisława Moniuszki
The aim of the course is to master the knowledge and practical skills concerning the possibilities of shaping the high-altitude material beyond the major-minor tonal system, with particular emphasis on 20th-century harmonic systems and individual compositional concepts. Course's content: - the collapse of the major-minor system - 20th-century harmonics - classification of chords - harmonic orders in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries - review of harmonic systems based on the examples of works of selected composers - timbre harmony - microtonality Didactic methods: - lecture with the presentation of the content included in the program - practical method - exercises (written and at the instrument) that implement the problems discussed during the lecture - an exposing method combined with an analysis of the harmonic content of a musical work.
Mastering the knowledge and practical skills in the field of functional harmony major-minor.
Learning outcomes - knowledge: - knows the theory and means of post-tonal harmony and characterizes its specificity - knows the elements of the structure of a musical work and knows the influence of harmonics on their shaping - has knowledge and understanding of the development of harmony in the history of music as well as orientation in the literature related to these issues - recognizes and defines mutual relations in the science of harmony occurring between theory and practice Learning outcomes - skills: - can create harmonic constructions based on the given soprano and bass melody lines, and the given sequence of harmonic functions - is able to apply various means of 20th-century harmonics in practice in accordance with the principles of their use - understands the harmonic content of the performed and analyzed musical works that go beyond the major-minor tonal system - has the ability to shape the harmonic content in a way that makes it possible to depart from the written basic musical text Learning outcomes - social competences: - understands the need to constantly update and expand knowledge and skills in the field of learning harmony for the work of a musician - shows creativity in the implementation of assigned tasks - has the ability to organize own and team work in the implementation of joint tasks and projects - carries out its own artistic concepts and activities based on various harmonic measures

Further information

  • assessment
    Semester grade S
  • level
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    2 hours
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Music theory students, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    T.A. Zieliński, Podstawy harmoniki nowoczesnej, PWM, Kraków 2009 T.A. Zieliński, Problemy harmoniki nowoczesnej, PWM, Kraków 1983 P. Hindemmith, A Concentrated Course in Traditional Harmony, Schott 1970 J.M. Chomiński, Koordynanty trytonowe i półtonowe w akordyce Aleksandra Skriabina, w: Muzyka 1959, nr 2, s. 102 A. Schönberg, Harmonielehre, Universal 1922 Ch.B. Rae, Muzyka Lutosławskiego, PWN, Warszawa 1996
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Piotr Jędrzejczyk

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Akademia Muzyczna im. Stanisława Moniuszki


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