Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMUS)




The study falls into three general divisions. The first division explores the nature of music theory and analysis. It outlines the range and domain of pitch-class set analytic techniques and incorporates those changes deemed necessary in response to contemporary criticism. A variety of pedagogical formats it examined, with particular attention focused upon skill development and analysis techniques within the context of music's historical development. The particular aim of this division is to develop a course of study which will provide the student with the skills for analysis and initiate the student into the process of analysis. A single masterwork has been chosen to this end. The second division is developed in two books. Book one is the textbook for the skills approach. Book two is the textbook for the historical approach. Each book is further divided into two parts. The first part provides the necessary analytic tools in the proper format. Part two focuses on the analysis process. The third division of the study is the analysis of the masterwork. The Quattro Liriche di Anton Machado is the work selected for this study. The analysis combines graphic and discursive formats and is offered as a model for analysis.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1990 Garrett Alyn Burton.

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