Why We Analyse Music | Julian Horton

August 29, 2017


Society for Music Analysis 

Published on Feb 23, 2016

Professor Julian Horton opens up a dialogue between music analysis and musicology, exploring ways in which motivic and formal analysis can reflect and interact with broader historical issues.

Looking in detail at the exposition in movement one of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, Op. 68, we will investigate the relationship between functions in a sonata form and the dense network of motivic counterpoint from which they are constructed. This will then be contextualised with late-nineteenth-century debates about the appropriate mode of expression in a symphony, especially the Wagnerian view that Brahms had wrongly imported a domestic, chamber-musical style into a public genre.

For additional content, including recommended recordings, suggested reading and music examples, see http://www.sma.ac.uk/videos/episode-1/.


Presented by Julian Horton
Directed by Neil Neenan (@neilneenan)
Produced by Kirstie Hewlett (@kirstie_hewlett)