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Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground


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This unit is from our archive. It is an adapted extract from the course Studies in Music 1750–2000: Interpretation and Analysis (AA314) that is no longer in presentation, although other courses in this topic are available to Study. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

This unit introduces ‘voice-leading’ or ‘Schenkerian’ analysis. You will study this technique by exploring harmonic structure in piano sonatas by Mozart. This unit will concentrate mainly on the examination of short extracts from these sonatas. Certain specialist analytical terms are glossed at the end of this unit, and these words are emboldened where they are first discussed.

The materials upon which this unit is based have been jointly authored by Robert Samuels and Howard Wilde.