Meeting 3. Schenkerian Analysis II

A Model Schenkerian Analysis: Analysis of the Opening Phrase in Mozart’s K. 283, measures 1-10

We prepare for the Schenkerian analysis to follow by analyzing harmonic functions within the first phrase:

1. This is a preliminary analysis of harmonic function in the first phrase of K. 283:

Preparation: Application of the Phrase Model to K. 283, mm. 1-10

2. Creating a foreground sketch of the first phrase of K. 283:

Making a Foreground Sketch of K. 283, the first phrase, mm. 1-10

3. Creating a middleground sketch of the first phrase of K. 283:

Creating a Middleground Sketch of K. 283, the first phrase, mm. 1-10

Three Analyses: Review and a New, Schenkerian View

We analyzed three excerpts in preparation for this meeting.  In the first excerpt, from “Alma del core”, we focused on harmonic function (T, D, Pd, and embellishing chords, such as P, N, and IN chords).  In the second, from Schubert’s Moment Musicaux in Ab major, we focused on how independence of motion within separate lines creates suspensions and retardations.  In the third, from Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, we focused on how the opening melody is a compound melody, drawing resources from multiple voice-leading strands.

We use these analyses as a springboard for Schenkerian analyses of the same excerpts.

Analysis of “Alma del core”

Some Implications for Performance

Analysis of Schubert’s Moment Musicaux in Ab Major

Analysis of Mozart’s Concerto in A major, movement 2


Discussion of the Reading from Nicholas Cook, A Guide to Musical Analysis

We read chapter 2, p. 27-47, which provides an introduction to Schenkerian analysis using an analysis of JS. Bach’s Prelude in C major from WTC, book 1, an analysis originally published in Schenker’s Five Graphic Musical Analyses.

Discussion of Cook’s Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis


Three Symbols in Schenkerian Analysis

Here is a little more detail on (1) displacement, (2) registral shifts, and (2) unfolding, and how they appear in Schenker’s graphs.

Explanation of Symbols for Displacement, Registral Shifts, and Unfolding in Schenker’s Graphs




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