Theory II: Music 120A

Books for the Course:

Benjamin, Thomas, Counterpoint in the Style of J.S. Bach (Schirmer Books).

Bach, J.S.; Keyboard Music (Dover).

Bach, J.S.; Organ Music (Dover).

Weber, Carl M .von, Der Freischütz (G. Schirmer).

Xeroxed assignments in score reading, keyboard harmony, figured bass from University Reader Printing Service.

Class Schedule

Th(9/25): Introduction: Why do we study this stuff?

Personal student interviews will follow.

M(9/29): Read Benjamin, PP. 1-41 (Chap. 1); PP. 40-41 are particularly important.

Review basic harmony and tonality. Harmonc dictation review.

T: Prepare for Sightsinging (SS) Weber, PP. 14-17 (all choral parts).

Lecture on figured bass numerals. Drill harmonic and melodic intervals.

W: Read Benjamin, PP. 47-87 (Chap 2.).

Do Exercise P. 15 (melodies are on PP. 5-9), plus Exercise on P. 32 (No. 1).

Th: SS Weber, PP. 115-117.

Keyboard: Chord Progressions 1 and 2, KH #1.

M(10/6): Read Benjamin PP. 88-120 (Chaps. 3,4,5).

Do Exercises on P. 72 (Nos. 1, 4, 5).

T: Melodic Dictation drill and review.

SS Weber, PP. 143-148 (all choral parts).
Lecture on ranges and transpositions of strings and woodwinds (refer to first two xeroxed sheets).

W: Do Exercises PP. 85 (No. 20) and 86 (Nos. 25-28).

Th: Keyboard: read and practice in Exercises in Figured Bass(EFB, in xeroxes) Nos. 3, 4, and 5.

Prepare Chord Progressions 3 and 4, KH #2

M(10/13): Read Benjamin, PP. 121-141 (C/hap. 6).

Do Exercises PP. 98-99 (Nos. A, B, C).

T: SS Weber, PP. 66-71.

Lecture on the ranges and transpositions of brass instruments.
Score Reading (at the keyboard)(SR): prepare to play Xerox No. 2 (2 violas).

W: Read Benjamin, PP. 142-164.

Th: Keyboard: read and practice in EFB Nos. 6,7, 8, 9.


Do Exercises, PP. 147-148 (Nos. a,b,c,d,e,).

T: SS Weber, PP. 26-29.

W: Analysis of Two-Part inventions in Keyboard Music.

Th: Sightsinging review and drill.

Keyboard: prepare KH #3.

M(10/27): Continue analysis.

Sightsinging exam practice.

T: Midterm in harmonic and melodic dictation.

SR: Xerox No. 3 (string trio).
keyboard drill and review.

W: Midterm in score reading, keyboard harmony, and figured bass.

Students should hand in five (5) themes with counter material.

Th: Keyboard: read and practice in EFB Nos. 10 and 15.

M(11/3): Read Benjamin, PP. 311-333 (Chap 14).

T: SS Weber, PP. 20-23.

SR: Xerox No. 8

W: Analysis of Choral Preludes in Organ Music

Pass in two expositions (for two-part invention)

Th: Keyboard: read and practice in EFB Nos. 12 and 16.

Harmonic dictation drill of diminished seventh chords.

M(11/10):Analysis Paper #1 due (on two-part piece).

T: SS Weber, PP. 26-29 (incl. choral parts).

Realize at the keyboard FB in EFB No. 24.

W: Invention should be passed in to the first modulation (theme in new key).

Th: Keyboard: prepare FB for Sonata IV (xerox).

SR Xerox Nos 16 and 17.


T: SS Weber, PP. 39-47.

harmonic dictation drill of augmented sixth chords.

W: Choral prelude sketch due (two different types).

Th: Keyboard: prepare FB for Sonata II (Larghetto)

M(11/24): Workshop on inventions (class will be divided).

T: SS Weber, PP. 96-103.

harmonic dictation drill of seconday dominants

W: Read Benjamin, PP. 206-242.

Th: Thanksgiving (holiday).

M(12/1): Read Benjamin, PP. 243-280 (Chap. 11).

Pass in completed two-part invention.

T: SS Weber, PP. 164-171 (all choral parts).

Keyboard: prepare last FB xerox (Andante).

W: Analysis Paper #2 due (on organ choral prelude).

Completed choral prelude section due.

Th: SR Xerox Nos. 19, 26, 34.

harmonic dictation drill of modulating passages.

Some notes:

Dictation will be given every day.
Assignments must be turned in on time. Every class day late loses a letter grade. Even assignment with a grade of F must be turned in.
Preferred solfege system is fixed Do; however, since the instructor will change in the Winter, other systems will be accepted.
Analysis papers must be typed: no handwritten paper will be accepted.
Reale may be reached for help 9AM to 9PM by phone, or any time by e- mail. This syllabus and other class materials may be seen at his website. Http:// (under Educational Resources).