1st Edition

A Brief Handbook and Website for Schenkerian Analysis

ISBN 9780415973984
Published April 24, 2008 by Routledge
272 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

SchenkerGUIDE is an accessible overview of Heinrich Schenker's complex but fascinating approach to the analysis of tonal music. The book has emerged out of the widely used website, www.SchenkerGUIDE.com, which has been offering straightforward explanations of Schenkerian analysis to undergraduate students since 2001.

Divided into four parts, SchenkerGUIDE offers a step-by-step method to tackling this often difficult system of analysis.

  • Part I is an introduction to Schenkerian analysis, outlining the concepts that are involved in analysis
  • Part II outlines a unique and detailed working method to help students to get started on the process of analysis
  • Part III puts some of these ideas into practice by exploring the basics of a Schenkerian approach to form, register, motives and dramatic structure
  • Part IV provides a series of exercises from the simple to the more sophisticated, along with hints and tips for their completion.

Table of Contents

Part 1: An Overview of Schenkerian Analysis  1. An Introduction to the Concepts of Schenkerian Analysis  2. An Overview of the Basics  3. Larger Scale Structures  Part 2: Getting Started on an Analysis  4. A Four-stage Method  5. Presenting a Schenkerian Analysis  Part 3: The Schenkerian Approach to Form, Register, Motives and Dramatic Structure  6. Schenkerian Analysis and Form  7. Playing with Register  8. Parallelisms and Dramatic Structure  9. Beyond Schenker: the Breakdown of Tonal Hierarchy  Part 4: Exercises

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Tom Pankhurst is Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University. His research interests include the tonal music of the twentieth century and semiotic approaches to tonality.