Free course

Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground, introduces 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis, perhaps the most widely used and discussed method of analysing tonal music. In this course, this method is explained through the analysis of piano sonatas by Mozart. The course is the first in the AA314 series of three courses on this form of harmonic analysis, and concentrates on the 'foreground level' of voice leading. As you work through this course, you will become familiar with five complete movements of Mozart's piano sonatas, as well as shorter extracts from some of his other sonatas.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise an analytical methodology known as 'voice leading analysis'
  • recognise five complete movements from Mozart’s piano sonatas, and be familiar with brief extracts from other sonatas by Mozart
  • recognise some defining features of Mozart's harmonic style
  • understand the principles of the simplest level of voice-leading analysis
  • express musical observations by means of the notation developed within this system of analysis.