Foundations of Atonal Music

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Course Code: 
MUS 2209
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

The course is a foundation to atonal music. It examines the background and factors that led to the rise of atonal music. The general and specific characteristics of atonal music are handled. In addition, the major instrumental and vocal forms, the main composers, and major representative works of the genre are analyzed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Objectives 

  • To understand the general characteristics of atonal music
  • To acquaint students with the commonly used technical language, and terms in the analysis of atonal music
  • To equip students with skills to be able to analyze simple atonal music pieces using the technical language, general analytical techniques, and terms of atonal music


Learning Outcomes: 


  • An understanding of the major trends in twentieth century musical and compositional thinking
  •  Knowledge of major musical figures and works of the atonal music and their socio-political and artistic contextualization
  • Acquisition of analytical tools necessary to support musicological arguments as well as to enhance musical performance and composition


 Atonal Music
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