78079 - Methodology of Musical Analysis (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Course contents

Paul Hindemith's neotonal polyphony

The course will examine the analytical problems raising behind the music of Paul Hindemith (1886-1963) - his innovation of tonality and theoretical interpretation, given by the composer himself, of his own work.


Hindemith, Paul, Methods of Music Theory, "The Musical Quarterly", 30/1, 1944, pp. 20-28.

--, La théorie de l’accord, "Ostinato rigore", 6-7, 1995-96, pp. 101-114 (available at lesson).

--, Analyses, "Ostinato rigore", 6-7, 1995-96, pp. 115-134 (available at lesson).

Gut, Serge, Réflections à propos de la “Grablegung” de Hindemith, "Ostinato rigore", 6-7, 1995-96, pp. 259-272 (available at lesson).

Lanza, Andrea, Libertà e determinazione formale nel giovane Hindemith, "Rivista Italiana di Musicologia", 5, 1970, pp. 234-291.

Mastropasqua, Mauro, Introduzione all'analisi della musica post-tonaleClueb, Bologna 1995, pp. 15-18 e 29-54.

--, Rappresentazione sonora e “immagine energetica” in Ernst Kurth, in P. Gozza (ed.), L’immagine musicale, Mimesis, Milano 2014, pp. 161-179.

--, Abbozzo di un nuovo sistema teorico-analitico dell'armonia tonale, in conformità alle consuetudini stilistiche di Bach (in this website, at the link Materiale didattico in the page of Teoria musicale, a.a. 2015-16).

Owen, Harold, Counterpoint in Hindemith, Bartòk and Stravinsky, in ID., Modal and Tonal Counterpoint: from Josquin to Stravinsky (§ 28, pp. 333-351), Schirmer Books, New York 1992.

Danuser, Hermann, Addio all'“espressivo”? Sullo stile di Paul Hindemith negli anni Venti, in C. Piccardi (ed.), Paul Hindemith nella cultura tedesca degli anni Venti, Unicopli, Milano 1991, pp. 320-333.

Thomson, Willian, Hindemith's Contribution to Music Theory, "Journal of Music Theory", 6/1, 1965, pp. 52-71.

Viret, Jacques, Le contrepoint selon Hindemith, "Ostinato rigore", 6-7, 1995-96, pp. 55-67 (available at lesson).

--, Hindemith et la musique ancienne: aspects et enjeux d’une démarche artistique, "Ostinato rigore", 6-7, 1995-96, pp. 147-162 (available at lesson).

Bibliographical integrations are possible during the course.

Assessment methods

(1) Written test. Harmonic and contrapuntal analysis of a piece by Hindemith (or an author of similar neotonal style) assigned by the teacher the same day of the exam. Allowed time: 3 hours. It is allowed to hear the assigned piece during the test, by means of earphones.

(2) Oral test. Discussion on the analysis above mentioned; questions on the essays in bibliography.

Office hours

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