Post-Tonal Theory


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Textbook: Joseph N. Straus, Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, 4th ed. (New York: Norton, 2016).

The listening and analysis assignments for MUSC 525 fall into the following five categories. I have created a page with links to my favorite recordings and analytical media in support of each category.

  1. Musical Examples
    Links to recordings and analytical media for all of the Straus 4/e Musical Examples (organized by chapter and topic).

  2. Model Analyses
    Links to recordings and analytical media for all twelve Straus 4/e Model Analyses. The model analyses provide in-depth applications of the theoretical concepts introduced in each chapter.

  3. Guided Analyses
    Links to recordings and analytical media for most of the Straus 4/e Guided Analysis. New to the fourth edition of the book, the Guided Analyses engage extended musical passages through a set of analytical prompts. They are designed to be starting points for analytical discussions and student projects.

  4. Digital Anthology
    Other musical examples we will discuss in class.

  5. Graphic Music Analyses (Straus 2022)
    Straus' new book The Art of Post-Tonal Analysis presents 33 animated graphic music analyses in video form. Straus applies the theoretical principles and analytical techniques introduced in Straus 4/e to diverse array of post-tonal compositions. The videos, which are presented in strict chronological order, are available on Oxford University Press book's Companion Website. They are simply amazing!


Straus, Joseph N. 2022. The Art of Post-Tonal Analysis: Thirty-Three Graphic Music Analysis. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB; Oxford; CW}

______________ 2016. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, 4th ed. New York: Norton. {GB}

Updated: September 2, 2022

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music