Prof Nicol Viljoen
Position
Associate Professor (Units)
Department
Music
Address
Odeion School of Music
IB 36
UFS
Telephone
051/522-4436
Office
Odeion 108
Information

Short CV

Nicol Viljoen, associate professor and Departmental Chair, Department of Music, UFS, is the foremost expert of Schenkerian analysis in South Africa. His training under world-renowned specialists in the United States of America is currently still our country’s most intensive contact with dynamic international developments concerning this highly specialized music-analytical system. His research during the past two decades has focused both on theoretical Schenker studies, and on its application within musical performance practice through structuralist aural analysis.

Viljoen’s versatile activities as music theorist, concert pianist, chamber musician, jazz pianist, and academic, intensively involved in curriculum and strategic planning of the Department of Music, has greatly contributed to an inclusive vision of music study at the UFS. He regularly act as an external assessor or moderator for other tertiary music institutions locally, and has supervised a number of postgraduate studies. Nicol Viljoen serves on the editorial board of Musicus, and is a member of the South African Society of Music Teachers, the South African Society for Research in Music, the South African Association of Jazz Educators, the South African Society of Church Organists, and the Royal School of Church Music.

Nicol Viljoen’s research during the past two decades has focused both on theoretical Schenker studies, and on its application within musical performance practice through structuralist aural analysis. In this respect, Viljoen has distinguished himself within a specialized terrain that is internationally highly respected, but under-utilized within South African music-theoretical scholarship. The developing local interest in this system is mostly the result of his publications, research papers, and lectures over the course of two decades. The quality of this contribution may best be gauged through its recognition in a number of leading international publications.

Viljoen’s exceptionally versatile activities as music theorist, concert pianist, chamber musician, jazz pianist, and academic (intensively involved in curriculum and strategic planning of the Department of Music), has greatly contributed to an inclusive vision of music study at the UFS that is in many respects far more progressive and balanced than is the case elsewhere in South Africa. His creative work counts under the few local examples of academically founded performance practice, an under-rated contribution in a milieu that often still clings to 19th-century norms.

During 2003, Nicol Viljoen produced the compact disc Franz Schubert/Johannes Brahms (Unfoldings UCD001) together with the violist John Wille. In 2001, he produced his second compact disc, Transcendental Schubert, on the Mukavi label.
 

Publications

Publications (Short List)

With PJ Visagie. 2010. The raised fourth in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Acta Academica 42(2):1-26.
With M Viljoen. 2009. Roelof Temmingh’s Kantorium: a reflection on suffering and redemption. Acta Academica 41(2): 50-76.

Viljoen, NGJ. 2000. The raised fourth degree of the scale in Chopin’s mazurkas. Acta Academica 32(2): 67-85.

Viljoen NGJ. 1995. With M. Viljoen and A. Pelser. Career expectations and experiences of some professional musicians in South Africa. South African Journal of Musicology 14: 71-81

Viljoen, NGJ. 1994. With M. Viljoen. Schenker’s Analytical Concepts and their Relation to Aesthetic Experience. South African Journal of Musicology 13: 81-88

Viljoen, NGJ. 1993. Frédéric Chopin’s contribution to the Mazurka Genre: the Stylised Mazurka. Acta Academica 25 (2 & 3): 137-154

Viljoen, NGJ. 1991. The Motivic, Structural and Formal Implications of Mixture for Chopin’s Mazurka Opus 30 No. 3. South African Journal of Musicology 11: 143-152

Viljoen, NGJ. 1991. Schenker’s Conception of Tonal Organisation in Music. Acta Academica, 23/2: 131-145

Viljoen, NGJ. 1988/89. The Value and Purpose of Musical Analysis. South African Journal of Musicology, 8/9: 87-89

Viljoen, NGJ. 1988/89. The Motive as Unifying Element in Two Selected Mazurkas of Chopin. South African Journal of Musicology, 8/9: 65-78
 

Research


Area(s) of Interest

Schenker analysis - Schenker’s analysis is a highly specialised musical-analytical system that rests on the idea of musical levels and of structural hierarchy

Structural audience analysis - This field of study involves the practical application of structural analysis on the formal dimension of works of music

Curriculum planning - This entails a study of the most recent curricula in music within the international arena, and the relevance thereof for the UFS’s School of Music’s curriculation
 

Courses Presented

MUSG1502 This module exposes the student to the most important style periods and genres of art music through guided listening to a selection of recordings. The module equips students with a rudimentary knowledge of the most important literature and composers and with skills of informed engagement with sounding music, either as recordings or in concert.
MUSG2502 Following on the syllabus of MUSG2502, this module exposes the student to further important style periods and genres of art music through guided listening to a selection of recordings. The module equips students with an expanded knowledge of the most important literature and composers and with skills of informed engagement with sounding music, either as recordings or in concert.
MUSS1502 This module covers aural training as well as keyboard harmony. In aural training the work covers the main areas of pitch and time. All components are sequential and accumulative and therefore examinable. Keyboard harmony commences with the location of diatonic triads on the keyboard, basic hand positions required leading up to cadential formulae.
MUSS2602 This module is presented in three units: 1) Chromatic harmony and voice leading; 2) Aural observation and analysis and 3) An introduction to neotonal and atonal materials and techniques. The materials of Units 1 and 3 are designed to correlate with and to complement those of the MUSS2612 and MUSS2622 modules.
MUSS3722 This module introduces students to the most important principles and techniques of Schenkerian analysis both as a music-theoretical tool and as a skill of aural and intellectual engagement with music.
SMS412 This module comprises an overview of pedagogical philosophies, teaching approaches and methods in music theory with emphasis on the different disciplines thereof.
SMS422 This module involves an aural analytical study of selected compositions in which emphasis will be on internalization regarding harmony and voice-leading, thematic/motivitc content and development, compositional design and tonal structure and form.

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FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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