Music 20C:

First-Year Theory: Expansion of Tonality

Spring, 2003


  • Music from 20B:
    Bach, J.S., 271 Chorales, Schirmer Edition.
    Haydn, Joseph, Complete Sonatas and for Solo Piano, Vols. I and II, Dover Edition.
  • Beethoven, L.V., Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. I, Kalmus Edition.
  • Course reader for 20C (from Course Reader Material, 1137 Westwood Blvd.)
  • Dandelot, Georges, Manuel Pratique
    TA will give out specific assignments in the first week of class.
  • Hindemith, Paul, Elementary Training for Musicians.
    Rhythmic drills will come out of this book.
  • Benjamin, Horvit, Nelson, Music for Sightsinging, (Wadsworth), 2000, 3rd. Edition (referred to as SS).
    Sightsinging assignments for he first four weeks come from this book.
  • Mozart, W.A., Cosi Fan Tutte, Piano-Vocal Score, G. Schirmer Inc.
    Sightsinging assignments from week 5 on are from this score.
  • Brings, et al, A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, (W.W. Norton), 1979 (referred to as KB).

  • generalized diagram of sonata movements
    Click on the above link to use for reference.

  • There is graded dictation at the beginning of each class: any student who misses a dictation will earn a zero, which cannot be made up. There will be six written assignments in four-part harmony, and they are due on the days indicated. Any late assignment will be downgraded: since papers will have numbers (e.g. "0" is no mistakes and an "A") a number will be added for each class day late. Papers with the grade of "X" must be rewritten and submitted at the next class.

  • Monday, March 31: Review of chorales and Haydn analysis paper from the Winter Quarter.
    Outstanding papers will be returned, and harmony assignments (4) for the Spring will be distributed.
  • T, Apr. 1: Review of diatonic cadential progressions.
    Part singing of various Bach Chorale settings at sight (selected by TA).
  • W, Apr. 2: Review of eighth-note motion in chorale settings.
    Harmonic dictation drill.
    Be sure to bring the Bach Chorale book to class.
  • Th, Apr. 3: Review of chord inversions of mixed-mode chords (identifying by the bass note)
    SS, prepare PP. 176-178 and the duets on P. 179.
    KB: P. 25 prepare exercises 3-1 and 3-2 in the keys of C, D, G, A.

  • M, Apr. 7: Review of altered chords. Read "Pre-Dominant Harmonies" PP, 1-4 in Course Reader.
    Variations technique in Haydn and Beethoven.
  • T, Apr. 8: SS drill.
    SS, prepare canons, P. 184 for performance in class.
    Score Reading: prepare violin/viola duet from P. 21 of the Course Reader.
  • W, Apr. 9: Begin expansion of sonata principles.
    Third-related harmonies: Read "Modal Alterations," pp.6-11 in Course Reader.
  • Th, Apr. 10: open score.
    Score Reading: prepare #8, P. 22 in the Course Reader.
    KB prepare 3-8, P. 27. Accelerated students should be able to play 3-9 and 3-10 as well.

  • M, Apr. 14: begin third-related harmonies.
    Harmony Assignment #1 due (chorale harmonization).
  • T, Apr. 15: drill augmented sixth chords.
    KB Harmony Assignment #1 from Course Reader, P. 20 should be prepared.
    Prepare rhythmic exercises, P. 203-204. Drill duets P. 205.
  • W, Apr. 16: Dictation drill.
    Harmony assignment #2 due.
  • Th, Apr. 17: transposition.
    KB play exercise 3-38 in g minor, a minor, and c minor. Accelerated students should also prepare exercise 3-37.
    Score Reading: prepare #38, P. 23 in the Course Reader.

  • M, Apr. 21: Beethoven's development sections
  • T, Apr. 22: augmented sixth chords as enharmonic secondary dominants.
    SS, prepare PP. 208-209.
    KB Harmony Assignment #2 from Course Reader, P. 20 should be prepared.
  • W, Apr. 23: Further development after recapitulation.
  • Th, Apr. 24: private drill with TA
    TA will arrange small groups to drill keyboard in place of this class.
  • M, Apr. 28: Written Midterm Exam in analysis.
    Harmony assignment #3 due.
    There will be a two-hour exam dealing with a movement of a Beethoven Piano Sonata.
  • T, Apr. 29: Midterm in Dictation.
    The midterm will cover two-part melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictations, as well as chord sequences.
  • W, Apr. 30: Musicianship midterm (individual appointments).
  • Th, May 1:
    SS, prepare from Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, PP. 11-16 for performance in class.
    Score Reading: prepare #19, P. 24 from the Course reader.
    Accelerated KB students should work on the piano accompaniment and take turns at the piano.

  • M, May 5: the concept of the recapitulation of different parameters at different times.
  • T, May 6: harmonizing melodies.
    KB do the exercises on P. 43. Accelerated students should also prepare those on P. 44.
  • W, May 7: global vs. local tonal operations I.
    Analysis paper #1 due.
  • Th, May 8: TA's choice (assignment made in previous class from Cosi.

  • M, May 12: global vs. local operations II.
  • T, May 13: continue harmonizing melodies.
    KB prepare exercises 4-11 and 4-12. Accelerated students should prepare 4-13 and 4-14 as well.
    Score Reading: prepare transposing EH melody from Course Reader, P. 25.
  • W, May 14: Dictation drill.
  • Th, May 15: TA's choice (keyboard and SS).

  • M, May 19: Slow movement synthesis.
  • T, May 20: TA's choice for SS , plus Cosi, PP. 41-52 in class..
    KB Harmony assignment #3 from Course Reader should be prepared.
  • W, May 21: Beethoven and counterpoint.
    Analysis paper #2 due.
  • Th, May 23: Let's fake and opera.
    Extended performances of sections of Cosi Fan Tutte

  • M, May 26: Memorial Day.
  • T, May 27: discuss sequences (Brings PP. 52-57).
    SS Cosi, PP. 142-168 in class
  • W, May 28: Minuets and Scherzos.
  • Th, May 29: TA's choice for keyboard harmony.
    Score Reading: prepare #26 on P. 26 of Course Reader
    KB prepare exercises 4-25 and 4-26

  • M, June 2: Beethoven and Romanticism.
  • T, June 3: TA's choice (keyboard harmony and opera).
    KB prepare exercises 4-20 and 4-21.
    Score Reading: prepare #47 on P. 27 of Course reader.
  • W, June 4: Review of chromatic harmony.
  • Th, June5: Review of musicianship skills.

    This syllabus and all other materials are also available at under the heading of educational materials, subheading of syllabi.

    Students may seek help from the professor at the office hour, Wednesday 12:00-1:00 PM, by e-mail (, or by phone (dedicated line available until 8PM). In advance of due date, assignments may be faxed for approval. Harmony assignments (3) involve four-part writing in Bach-Chorale style. Analysis papers Nos. 1 and 2 will involve music of Beethoven.

    Updated, March 31, 2003.

    Students would check this version for latest revisions.