The Harmonic Organization of the Rite of Spring

Author: Allen Forte

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300105377

Category: Music

Page: 160

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Forte here applies his analytical approach as set forth in The Structure of Atonal Music to one of the monuments of modern music. Together the introduction and the analysis, with its more than 100 musical examples, both illuminate the structure of the work and demonstrate the way in which Forte's method may be applied in the analysis of complex music. [This study] is welcome and long overdue. The influence of Allen Forte on contemporary music theory has been enormous, and The Harmonic Organization of The Rite of Spring has importance for a number of serious musicians, particularly, for disciples and others interested in set-theoretic approach, and for those interested in Stravinsky's work..Seeing the theory applied consistently to a specific work can show if it provides any true illumination of the work..This study should not be ignored.-Frank Retzel, Notes

Serial Composition and Atonality

An Introduction to the Music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern

Author: George Perle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520074309

Category: Music

Page: 164

View: 3927

Widely recognized as the definitive work in its field ever since its original publication in 1962, Serial Composition and Atonality remains an unsurpassed introduction to the technical features of what is probably the most revolutionary body of work since the beginnings of polyphony. In the analysis of specific compositions there is first and last of all a concern with the musical surface--an attempt to trace connections and distinctions there before offering any deeper-level constructions, and to offer none where their effects are not obvious on more immediate levels of musical experience. In this sixth edition of the book, George Perle employs the new and more consistent terminology for the identification of transpositional levels of twelve-tone sets that he first proposed in Twelve-Tone Tonality (1977).

Analyzing Atonal Music

Pitch-class Set Theory and Its Contexts

Author: Michiel Schuijer

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 9781580462709

Category: Music

Page: 306

View: 6382

An engaging study -- the first ever -- of the principles used by noted scholars to unravel the masterpieces of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and other modernists.

The Atonal Music of Anton Webern

Author: Allen Forte

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300207590

Category: Music

Page: 416

View: 9659

The Austrian composer Anton Webern (1883-1945) is one of the major figures of musical modernism. His mature works comprise two styles: the so-called free atonal music composed between 1907 and 1924, and the twelve-tone serial music that began in 1924 and extended through the remainder of his creative life. In this book an eminent music theorist presents the first systematic and in-depth study of the early atonal works, from the George Lieder, opus 3, through the Latin Canons, opus 16. Drawing on music-analytical procedures that he and other scholars have developed in recent years, Allen Forte argues that a single compositional system underlies all of Webern's atonal music. Forte examines such elements as pitch, register, timbre, rhythm, form, and text setting, showing how Webern displaced the functional connections of traditional tonality to create a totally new sonic universe. Although the main thrust of the study is music-analytical in nature, Forte also considers historical context and significant biographical aspects of the individual works, as well as word-music relations in the music with text.

A Theory of Music Analysis

On Segmentation and Associative Organization

Author: Dora A. Hanninen

Publisher: University Rochester Press

ISBN: 1580461948

Category: Music

Page: 530

View: 8477

This book introduces a theory of music analysis--a language and conceptual framework--that analysts can use to delve into aspects of segmentation and associative organization in a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to the present. Rather than a methodology, the theory provides analysts with a precise language and broad, flexible conceptual framework that they can when formulating and investigating questions of interest and develop their own interpretations of individual pieces and passages. The theory begins with a basic distinction among three domains of musical experience and discourse about it: the sonic (psychoacoustic); the contextual (or associative, sparked by varying degrees of repetition); and the structural (guided by a specific theory of musical structure or syntax invoked by the analyst). A comprehensive presentation of the theory (with copious musical illustrations) is balanced with close analyses of works by Beethoven, Debussy, Nancarrow, Riley, Feldman, and Morris -- Publisher summary.

The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories

Author: Edward Gollin,Alexander Rehding

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0195321332

Category: Music

Page: 648

View: 1843

In recent years neo-Riemannian theory has established itself as the leading approach of our time, and has proven particularly adept at explaining features of chromatic music. The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories assembles an international group of leading music theory scholars in an exploration of the music-analytical, theoretical, and historical aspects of this new field.

Twelve-Tone Tonality, Second Edition

Author: George Perle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520201422

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 7397

The challenge, in twentieth-century music, to the normative status of triadic tonality is one of the most far-reaching and extreme revolutions that the history of music has known. In his classic work, Twelve-Tone Tonality, George Perle argues that the seemingly disparate styles of post-triadic music in fact share common structural elements. According to Perle, these elements collectively imply a new tonality as "natural" and coherent as the major-minor tonality that was the basis of a common musical language in the past. His book describes the foundational assumptions of this post-diatonic tonality and illustrates its compositional functions with numerous musical examples. The second edition of Twelve-Tone Tonality is enlarged by eleven new chapters. Some of these are "postscripts" to earlier chapters, clarifying, elucidating, and expanding upon concepts discussed in the original edition. Others discuss new developments in the theory and practice of twelve-tone tonality, including voice-leading implications of the system and dissonance treatment. Errors discovered in the original edition have been corrected. - Jacket flap.

Tonality and Transformation

Author: Steven Rings

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019991320X

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 5488

Tonality and Transformation is a groundbreaking study in the analysis of tonal music. Focusing on the listener's experience, author Steven Rings employs transformational music theory to illuminate diverse aspects of tonal hearing - from the infusion of sounding pitches with familiar tonal qualities to sensations of directedness and attraction. In the process, Rings introduces a host of new analytical techniques for the study of the tonal repertory, demonstrating their application in vivid interpretive set pieces on music from Bach to Mahler. The analyses place the book's novel techniques in dialogue with existing tonal methodologies, such as Schenkerian theory, avoiding partisan debate in favor of a methodologically careful, pluralistic approach. Rings also engages neo-Riemannian theory-a popular branch of transformational thought focused on chromatic harmony-reanimating its basic operations with tonal dynamism and bringing them into closer rapprochement with traditional tonal concepts. Written in a direct and engaging style, with lively prose and plain-English descriptions of all technical ideas, Tonality and Transformation balances theoretical substance with accessibility: it will appeal to both specialists and non-specialists. It is a particularly attractive volume for those new to transformational theory: in addition to its original theoretical content, the book offers an excellent introduction to transformational thought, including a chapter that outlines the theory's conceptual foundations and formal apparatus, as well as a glossary of common technical terms. A contribution to our understanding of tonal phenomenology and a landmark in the analytical application of transformational techniques, Tonality and Transformation is an indispensible work of music theory.

Serial Composition

Author: Reginald Smith Brindle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0193119064

Category: Music

Page: 210

View: 2610

Introductory text covering all the most important aspects of serial composition, including discussion of melody-writing, twelve-note harmony, polyphonic writing, forms, orchestrations, etc.

The Rhythmic Structure of Music

Author: Grosvenor Cooper,Leonard B. Meyer

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226115221

Category: Music

Page: 212

View: 5791

In this influential book on the subject of rhythm, the authors develop a theoretical framework based essentially on a Gestalt approach, viewing rhythmic experience in terms of pattern perception or groupings. Musical examples of increasing complexity are used to provide training in the analysis, performance, and writing of rhythm, with exercises for the student's own work. "This is a path-breaking work, important alike to music students and teachers, but it will make profitable reading for performers, too."—New York Times Book Review "When at some future time theories of rhythm . . . are . . . as well understood, and as much discussed as theories of harmony and counterpoint . . . they will rest in no small measure on the foundations laid by Cooper and Meyer in this provocative dissertation on the rhythmic structure of music."—Notes ". . . . a significant, courageous and, on the whole, successful attempt to deal with a very controversial and neglected subject. Certainly no one who takes the time to read it will emerge from the experience unchanged or unmoved."—Journal of Music Theory The late GROSVENOR W. COOPER, author of Learning to Listen, was professor of music at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory

Fourth Edition

Author: Joseph N. Straus

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393938832

Category: Music

Page: 396

View: 4654

Now published by Norton, Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, with additional coverage of transformational theory and voice leading. The Fourth Edition helps students identify key theoretical points and guides them through the process of analysis, while also offering new recently composed musical examples—all at an exceptional value.

Anthology of Post-Tonal Music

Author: Miguel Roig-Francoli

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780073325026

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 2075

This collection of 41 selections and excerpts represents a wide range of music from the 20th Century. Designed for use with Understanding Post-Tonal Music by Miguel Roig-Francoli, it can also stand alone as an anthology for study and analysis in other music theory courses.

Algorithmic Composition

A Guide to Composing Music with Nyquist

Author: Mary Simoni,Roger B Dannenberg

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472035231

Category: Music

Page: 249

View: 4925

Algorithmic Composition offers new ways of thinking about the organization of sound that we call music


Author: Arnold Whittall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521863414

Category: Music

Page: 285

View: 5490

A clear, non-technical introduction to serialism - a key topic in music studies for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Tonal Pitch Space

Author: Fred Lerdahl

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199884404

Category: Music

Page: 432

View: 9461

Building on the foundation of Lerdahl and Jackendoff's influential A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, this volume presents a multidimensional model of diatonic and chromatic spaces that quantifies listeners' intuitions of the relative distances of pitches, chords, and keys from a given tonic. The model is employed to assign prolongational structure, represent paths through the space, and compute patterns of tension and attraction as musical events unfold, thereby providing a partial basis for understanding musical narration, expectation, and expression. Conceived as both a music-theoretic treatise and a contribution to the cognitive science of music, this book will be of interest to music theorists, musicologists, composers, computer musicians, and cognitive psychologists.