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LIST OF MUSIC THEORY COURSES TAUGHT

at the 92nd Street Y since 1986

 

 

1. CORE CURRICULUM

FIVE SEMESTERS:

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; The Inventions (Complete); The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, Preludes & Fugues (Complete); The Cello Suites (Complete); The Goldberg Variations (Complete); The Musical Offering (Complete)

Joseph Haydn: Selected String Quartets (two consecutive semesters, 24 weeks); Selected Piano Sonatas (1 semester)       

Mozart Piano Sonatas and Fantasies (six consecutive semesters, 31 weeks); Romance from Piano Concerto No. 20; Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 23; Clarinet Quintet; Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548

Beethoven Piano Sonatas (six consecutive semesters, 31 weeks); The Diabelli Variations (Complete); String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No 1; Cello Sonatas, Op. 69 & Op. 102, No. 2;  The Kreutzer Violin Sonata, Op. 47; Piano Trio, Op. 97, "Archduke"

 

3. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – ROMANTIC ERA

Franz Schubert - Wintereisse (complete); Early Songs; Musical Moments; Selected Piano Sonatas' Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99

Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words

Music of Frederick Chopin: The Preludes, Ballades, Sonatas, Polonaises, Mazukas, Waltzes 

Robert Schumann: The 1830s Piano Music including Papillons, Op. 2; Davidsbundler, Op. 6; Carnaval, Op. 9; Liederkreis, Op. 39; Dichterliebe

Johannes Brahms: Music for Piano - Piano Sonata No. 3; Op. 117, 118, 119; The Violin Sonatas; Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115; Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1; Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Two pianos and Orchestral versions)

 

4. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – 20th CENTURY

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

Maurice Ravel – Selected Piano and Chamber Compositions, 1901-1914, including String Quartet in F Major; Sonatine; Mother Goose Suite; Introduction and Allegro; Le Tombeau de Couperin;  Piano Concerto in G, 2nd movement; Pavanne for a Dead Princess

Claude Debussy: Selected Piano Music; String Quartet in G min.; Violin Sonata; Reverie

Bernstein and Sondheim's West Side Story (complete - 3 semesters)

Selected 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: Selected songs, choral pieces and orchestral interludes

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

Erik Satie: Gymnopedies I, II & III

 

5. MUSICAL ANALYSIS – POPULAR SONG

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

Selected Songs of George and Ira Gershwin 

Selected Songs of Jerome Kern

Selected Songs of Harold Arlen (with Ted Koehler and Johnny Mercer)

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

Selected Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lawrence Hart

Selected Songs of Cole Porter

 

6. MISCELLANEOUS COURSES

Songwriting Seminar and Workshop