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Journal of Music Theory (2001) 45 (2): 483–487.
Published: 01 October 2001
...: Part 1. Basic Principles. Chapter 1. “Introduction.” An analysis of the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in F Minor, op. 1, no. 1, tracing motivic con- nections throughout the movement. It demonstrates long-range relation- ships not easily discernable on the surface of the music...
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Journal of Music Theory (2012) 56 (2): 293–298.
Published: 01 October 2012
... discussion of harmonic theory. Thinking about Harmony is a meticulously organized work. At the level of chapters, Damschroder leads his reader through an examination of histori- cal responses to a series of increasingly sophisticated analytical...
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Journal of Music Theory (2014) 58 (2): 257–263.
Published: 01 October 2014
... music present a significant hurdle to application of the transformational perspective to the common-practice repertoire, such treatment is the central ambition of Steven Rings’s Tonality and Transformation. The book’s methodological chapters (chaps. 1–3) reconcile asymmetric aspects of tonal...
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Journal of Music Theory (2019) 63 (2): 261–267.
Published: 01 October 2019
... of popular music might find their knowledge of repertoire chal- lenged.2 The introductory examples alone in chapter 1 take the reader from a song by Radiohead (the group cited by Doll as the inspiration for his dis- sertation) to excerpts from artists as diverse as Puddle of Mudd, Betty Everett...
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Journal of Music Theory (2015) 59 (2): 321–332.
Published: 01 October 2015
... music theory, and including empirical methods. After an introduction, the book’s eight chapters nest in pairs (Example 1)—a structure not mentioned by the editors. My review follows this struc- ture, moving from the outermost pair toward the inner chapters. It is largely descriptive, with a...
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Journal of Music Theory (2016) 60 (2): 281–294.
Published: 01 October 2016
... and interpreting popular music, versus a more unified approach comprising specific, well-defined tactics. But as best as I can see, the book’s methodology entails simply “asking questions of tracks in order to elucidate their signification” (233). In the brief eleventh chapter, after the book...
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Journal of Music Theory (2011) 55 (2): 253–264.
Published: 01 October 2011
... in some regards a historian. Sig- nificantly, his presentation of readings of individual songs is ordered not in terms of theory but in terms of history, of chronology. Given his disciplinary allegiance, we might expect him to organize the analytical chapters on the basis of theory, choosing...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (2): 311–324.
Published: 01 October 2010
... a chapter: pitch and timbre, rhythm, melody, syntax, meaning, and evolu- tion. Along the way, the author calls forth a dizzying panoply of often unfa- miliar case studies, the breadth of which is only hinted at through a brief sample: absolute pitch in speech; the vocables of tabla drumming...
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Journal of Music Theory (2000) 44 (1): 231–236.
Published: 01 April 2000
... favoritism he shows to the work of his countrymen, but overall he is to be com- mended for supplying a generous number of citations of the wide-ranging literature. Part One begins with an introductory chapter devoted to “Stravinsky’s 232 modernism.” The singular form here (and indeed in the book’s...
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Journal of Music Theory (2000) 44 (2): 495–498.
Published: 01 October 2000
... analytical perspectives. In fact, one of the book’s strengths is its side-by-side inclusion of motivic, Schenkerian, feminist, and cognitive approaches (to name just a few) within a single volume. Covach’s opening chapter, “Progressive Rock, ‘Close to the Edge,’ and the Boundaries of Style,” is an...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (1): 131–149.
Published: 01 April 2013
...” (chapters 1–5) and “Analyses” (chapters 6–9). In the first portion he provides a theoretical framework for his analytical approach, in the latter a series of “case studies” (9). In chapter 1, “Music as Language,” Agawu explores the problematic relationship between language and music, reviewing...
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Journal of Music Theory (2020) 64 (2): 293–296.
Published: 01 October 2020
... is more than a compositional style. It is a cultural aesthetic embedded in an innovative notational practice emblematic of prevailing scholastic and philosophical mindsets. In chapter 1 Desmond distances her work from earlier studies that con- sidered the stylistic attributes of the ars nova. Instead...
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Journal of Music Theory (2019) 63 (2): 269–281.
Published: 01 October 2019
.... Although Zbikowski allows for many types of dynamic processes, he focuses on just a few. The first two chapters develop his approach, and the remaining chapters implement it in analytic case studies on different reper- toires. He focuses on dynamic processes important to human interaction, specifically...
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Journal of Music Theory (2020) 64 (1): 105–121.
Published: 01 April 2020
... less conversant with principles of modular arithmetic, logarithms, and combinatorics, to come away with a strong understanding of Wilson s ideas, thanks to Narushima s penchant for clear explication. This talent is particularly on display during chapter 3. Microtonality and the Tuning Systems of Erv...
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Journal of Music Theory (2001) 45 (1): 170–176.
Published: 01 April 2001
... in order to realize the first two areas 4. Commentaries (often polemical) on the state of performance These areas do not always have their own separate sections but, rather, are interspersed throughout the twelve chapters, each of which deals with various topics, such as “Legato” (Chapter 4...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (1): 151–158.
Published: 01 April 2013
... as a dynamic, dialectical process and contextualizes this perspective within a “Beethoven-Hegelian” interpre- tative tradition epitomized by the writings of Theodor Adorno and Carl Dahlhaus. It is fitting that the first two chapters of this volume constitute a revised and expanded version of...
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Journal of Music Theory (2017) 61 (2): 289–296.
Published: 01 October 2017
... perspective, and parts 2 and 3 examine changes motivated by a Newtonian perspective. Each of the first two parts includes three chapters, devoted, respectively, to theory, technique, and analysis; part 3, which depends on the same theory as part 2, has...
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Journal of Music Theory (2005) 49 (1): 181–188.
Published: 01 April 2005
... “examined in depth from an analytical- theoretical perspective” (xi). So the book would seem to fill a definite niche. Nevertheless, I find myself wondering if this topic actually lends itself to comprehensive treatment. The first of the book’s two parts contains four chapters, one each...
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Journal of Music Theory (2011) 55 (2): 271–281.
Published: 01 October 2011
... musica ridotta alla moderna prattica, 1555). Zarlino, in particular, describes Willaert’s strategic use of major and minor sixths in Musica nova as motivated by considerations of musical affect. Chapter 3 is designed to showcase the analytic potential of the theory of musical affect through close...
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Journal of Music Theory (2014) 58 (1): 57–65.
Published: 01 April 2014
... War, and the ensuing financial debilitation of Austria” (4–5). Accordingly, chapter 1 surveys the emergence of compositional techniques and topoi important to Wozzeck in the Altenberg Lieder (1912) and the “Marsch” from the Three Pieces for Orchestra (1914...