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This course, Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middle ground, continues our examination of ‘voice-leading’ or ‘Schenkerian’ analysis, perhaps the most widely used and discussed the method of analyzing tonal music. In this course, this method is explained through the analysis of piano sonatas by Mozart. The course is the second in the AA314 series of three courses on this form of harmonic analysis and concentrates on the ‘middle ground level’ of voice leading. As you work through this course, you will become familiar with the deeper levels of harmony in Mozart’s piano sonatas.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand more deeply the complete movements from Mozart’s sonatas, studied both here and in the course ‘Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground’
  • Recognize extracts from other Mozart piano sonatas
  • Recognize typical techniques used by Mozart to organize the harmony of complete short sections within musical works
  • Understand the use of symbols in voice-leading graphs of the middle ground of the harmonic structure
  • Relate this sort of graph to the score of the music it analyses.

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