Musical Analysis

Image of analysis mm. 5-6.

An excerpt from a bass reduction analysis of J. S. Bach's Chorale Prelude in C Minor, "Jesu meine Freude." (See this and other analysis examples by Prof. Peter Child on the study materials page.)


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Spring 2008



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This class is an introduction to the analysis of tonal music. Students develop analytical techniques based upon concepts learned in 21M.301-21M.302. Students study rhythm and form, harmony, line and motivic relationships at local and large scale levels of musical structure. Three papers (totaling 20 pages, one to be revised) and one oral presentation are required.

Peter Child. 21M.350 Musical Analysis, Spring 2008. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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