NYU Steinhardt

Seminar in Music Theory: The Dissolution of Tonality?

  • Course Number: MPATC-GE 2202
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: While the music of the turn of the 20th century continues to hold immense fascination for us, the understanding of that music has continued to be a source of controversy in music theory. Different ideas about the relationship between ?late tonality? & ?early tonality? continue to be developed, many of which emphasize continuity rather than rupture. We shall explore these issues through careful study of selected transitional works of the late 19th and early 20th century, including music by Strauss, Schoenberg, Scriabin, Debussy, & others.
  • Old Course Number: E85.2202