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Graduate Theory Review

The Graduate Theory Diagnostic Exam will consist of four parts. These are outlined below, along with a list of concepts for study. 

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Parts I and II. Musical Form (45%) 

Score excerpts will be presented, along with a series of questions designed to demonstrate your understanding and application of musical form. 
Concepts to study:

  • sonata-allegro
  • rondo
  • sonata-rondo
  • theme and variations
  • binary (simple sectional, simple continuous, simple rounded binary, rounded continuous) 
  • ternary
  • fugue
  • passacaglia
  • chaconne 

Part III. Melodic and harmonic analysis (35%) 

Score excerpt(s) will be presented, along with a series of questions designed to demonstrate your understanding of Roman numeral analysis, non-chord tones, part-writing, and polyphonic devices. 
Concepts to study;

  • Roman numeral analysis
  • modulation (direct, common chord, common tone, chromatic, enharmonic) passing tones (accented and unaccented)
  • neighbor tones (upper, lower, double)
  • appoggiatura
  • suspension
  • anticipation
  • retardation
  • escape tone
  • pedal tone
  • double (invertible) counterpoint
  • cadences (perfect authentic, imperfect authentic, half, Phrygian, deceptive) antecedent and consequent phrases
  • diminution
  • augmentation
  • imitation
  • canon
  • inversion
  • double (invertible) counterpoint
  • retrograde
  • stretto 

Part IV. Non-tonal analysis (20%) 

Score excerpt(s) will be presented, along with a series of questions designed to demonstrate your understanding of 20th/21st-century concepts. 
Concepts to study;

  • diatonic modes (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian) pentatonic scales (Major, minor, Hirajoshi)
  • synthetic modes (Phrygian-Dorian, Lydian-Mixolydian, whole-tone, octatonic, hexatonic) planing (diatonic and chromatic)
  • extended tertian chords
  • split-chords
  • polychords
  • polytonality
  • quartal and quintal harmonies
  • secundal harmony
  • pandiatonicism
  • polymeter
  • ametric rhythm
  • metric modulation
  • added value
  • non-retrogradable rhythm
  • pitch-class (pc) sets
  • normal order
  • prime form
  • interval-class vector (ICV)
  • dodecaphonic composition
  • prime, inversion, retrograde, and retrograde inversion 

For more information, please contact Dr. Martin Kennedy at martin.kennedy@cwu.edu.

 

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