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LIST OF MUSIC THEORY COURSES TAUGHT

at the 92nd Street Y since 1986

 

(courses last twelve weeks, 70 minutes per session, unless otherwise indicated)

 

1. CORE CURRICULUM

Elements of Theory and Ear-Training (Beginning Theory)

Harmony (Intermediate and Advanced I & II)

Introduction to Musical Analysis: Bach Chorales

Ear-Training and Rhythm Workshops, various levels

 

 2. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL ERAS    

Johann Sebastian Bach: Selected Chorales

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Inventions (Complete)

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues (Complete)

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Cello Suites (Complete)

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Goldberg Variations (Complete) 

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Musical Offering (Complete)

Haydn String Quartets (two consecutive semesters, 24 weeks)       

Mozart Piano Sonatas (six consecutive semesters, 31 weeks)

Beethoven Piano Sonatas (six consecutive semesters, 31 weeks)

Beethoven: The Diabelli Variations (Complete)

Introduction to Beethoven String Quartets, Op. 59

Beethoven's Cello Sonatas

The Kreutzer and the Evolution of the Violin Sonata from Beethoven to Debussy

 

3. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – ROMANTIC ERA

Franz Schubert - Wintereisse (complete); Early Songs; Musical Moments; Selected Piano Sonatas

Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words

Music of Frederick Chopin: The Preludes, Ballades, Sonatas, Polonaises, Mazukas, Waltzes: (three consecutive semesters, 31 weeks)

Robert Schumann: The 1830s Piano Music including Papillons, Op. 2; Davidsbundler, Op. 6; Carnaval, Op. 9 (two consecutive semesters, 24 weeks)

Robert Schumann Songs: Liederkreis, Op. 39; Dichterliebe

Johannes Brahms: Music for Piano - Piano Sonata No. 3; Op. 117, 118, 119

Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas

 

4. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – 20th CENTURY

Introduction to Copland: Piano Variations; Rodeo (piano version); 12 Songs on Poems by Emily Dickenson, Old American Songs

Introduction to Ravel – Selected Piano and Chamber Compositions, 1901-1914, including String Quartet in F Major; Sonatina; Mother Goose Suite; Introduction and Allegro; Le Tombeau de Couperin

Introduction to Debussy: Selected Piano Music; String Quartet in G min.; Violin Sonata.

Bernstein and Sondheim's West Side Story

Songs of Stephen Sondheim (from A Little Night Music; Pacific OverturesSunday in the Park With George)

Introduction to Porgy and Bess -- by George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

The Music of George Gershwin: Three Preludes; Rhapsody in Blue (complete); Concerto in F (complete)

 

5. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – POPULAR SONG

Introduction to Song Analysis: Gershwin, Kern & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Jobim, Simon, Sondheim, Dylan, Lennon & McCartney          

Songs of George and Ira Gershwin

Songs of Jerome Kern

Songs of Harold Arlen

The Songs of Lennon and McCartney (2 summer semesters, 14 weeks)

 

6. MISCELLANEOUS COURSES

Songwriting Seminar and Workshop