MUSV3128 - Analysis and Theories of Compositional Form Strategies


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course combines compositional practices with studies of musical scores and musical analysis. The aim is to obtain practical and theoretical insight into different procedures of understanding and interpreting compositional forms. The formal processes in compositions from different parts of history, as well as contemporary compositions with different aesthetical foundations, are being studied in the light of different analytical theories. The obtained insight is to be used as a foundation for analytical work and related exercises.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3017 - has in-depth knowledge about compositional form strategies - has general knowledge of the musicological and/or compositional fields the advanced subject belongs to - has knowledge of historical and contemporary research questions within the subject - has knowledge of theories and research methods within the subject - has knowledge which makes it possible to place and understand the subject within the frame of history of musical composition and history of research Skills: An examinee with a completed qualification in MUSV3017 - can express his/her deepened knowledge in a convincing way, both in writing and speech - can utilize the knowledge as a foundation for his/her own compositional praxis - can individually find and assess relevant research based knowledge to illuminate a problem within the subject - can, based on his/her deepened knowledge, discuss academic texts in a diversified way, enter a dialogue with the texts of others and carry out his/her own reasoning, both in writing and speech - can, analytically and compositionally, utilize methods specific to compositional form strategies on an independent and critical basis

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction

Further on evaluation

If the course is not passed, the student must retake the whole assessment. If the candidate retakes the exam, there is no need to retake the compulsory assignments. Bachelor's theses based on this course's topic must be delivered in the course code MUSV2031.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Creative Music Technology (MMUST)
Music Performance (MMUSP)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSK)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)
Musicology (BMUSV)
Musicology (MMUSV)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to one of the Bachelor's programmes or Master's programmes in Musicology, Music Technology or Music Performance Studies.

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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


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