Free course

Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

Free statement of participation on completion

The music of Mozart has been used to examine the foreground and middleground of harmony in free courses AA314_1 and AA314_2. In this free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background, you will use Beethoven's Eighth Symphony to consider the largest-scale stage of voice-leading analysis.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the nature of the background structure of a piece of tonal music
  • understand the difference between analysis which is definitely right or wrong and that which is dependent on individual judgement
  • relate the notes of a background graph and the indications of bar numbers to specific events in the musical score
  • understand the sorts of decisions and observations that go towards analysing the background structure of a piece of music
  • recognise the analytical statements about the various parts of a piece of music that are contained in a background graph.