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Journal of Music Theory (2017) 61 (2): 201–242.
Published: 01 October 2017
... techniques, because they stem from a desire to emphasize and systematically realize the very harmonic elements and relationships that motivated their development. The article outlines a typology of methods of composing out that are central to Boulez’s compositional style in a broader sense. In this way...
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Journal of Music Theory (2018) 62 (2): 347–358.
Published: 01 October 2018
... York : McGraw-Hill . Samuel Rhian . 1995 . “Women’s Music: A Twentieth-Century Perspective .” In The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers , edited by Sadie Anne Samuel Rhian , xiii – xviii . New York : Macmillan . Showalter Elaine . 1981 . “ Feminist Criticism...
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Journal of Music Theory (2022) 66 (2): 262–272.
Published: 01 October 2022
... Composers in the Old Conservatories was. 4 For a more complete balance of what has been produced in this field in recent years, we recommend the book La didattica del partimento by Rosa Cafiero ( 2020 ), whose main purpose is precisely to point out what advances have been made and what paths...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (2): 235–282.
Published: 01 October 2010
...Danuta Mirka Two closely interrelated techniques of phrase expansion occasionally used by eighteenth-century composers but so far not recognized by music theorists are twisted caesuras and overridden caesuras . Both of them represent complex games played by composers with their listeners on two...
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Journal of Music Theory (2020) 64 (2): 147–201.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Megan Kaes Long At the beginning of the seventeenth century English composers used only a handful of keys: they combined five keynotes (G, A, C, D, and F) with the three signatures documented in English solmization theory (♮,♭, and♭♭). By the end of the century English theorists described eighteen...
Published: 01 April 2023
Figure 18. Agogically accented notes from Miles Davis's first solo in Flamenco Sketches , composed by Davis and Bill Evans, depicted in scale degree versus onset beat performance space. More
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (1): 75–90.
Published: 01 April 2010
...Amy Bauer Stanley Cavell's 1965 article “Music Discomposed” argues that modernist works have become codependent on the philosophical justification surrounding their production and consumption. The writings and compositions of two contemporary composers, György Ligeti and Helmut Lachenmann, echo...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (2): 321–371.
Published: 01 October 2013
..., etc.), and fictionalized versions of their composers. This study investigates the use of such agential conceits and the conventions that seem to govern them, using the opening of Beethoven’s A-minor Quartet, op. 132, as a central test case. The descriptive model it constructs borrows key concepts from...
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Journal of Music Theory (2016) 60 (1): 51–88.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Peter H. Smith Schumann's adaptations of eighteenth-century instrumental forms have long been regarded as problematic, as have the works of his late style period of the 1850s. The Cello Concerto op. 129 (composed 1850, published 1854) is a late work based on classical models that has earned a place...
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Journal of Music Theory (2020) 64 (2): 203–240.
Published: 01 October 2020
... study of subordinate theme closure in Dvořák’s mature chamber music responds both to Horton’s interest in asynchrony between formal design and tonal structure and to his and Vande Moortele’s calls for expanding the range of composers included in these endeavors. Attention to a less studied composer...
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Journal of Music Theory (2006) 50 (2): 211–251.
Published: 01 October 2006
..., relating, and rehearing elements of the concerto movement proper. The cadenza's dual function grants it a potential far exceeding the simple characterization as parenthesis. Skillfully composed cadenzas exploit the tension between local and global functions and can initiate subtle yet profound rehearings...
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Journal of Music Theory (2021) 65 (1): 107–137.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Matthew Bell Abstract Much of Tchaikovsky's music for the ballets Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker exhibits what Harald Krebs calls metrical dissonance : the juxtaposition or superimposition of noncoincident pulses and rhythmic patterns. This article shows how the dances of the composer's...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (1): 5–23.
Published: 01 April 2010
...Dmitri Tymoczko Part personal reminiscence and part scholarly disquisition, this article discusses some ways in which Stanley Cavell's work has shaped my own thinking and composing. I begin by suggesting that Cavell's overarching goal is to “redeem” traditional philosophy (and secondarily, avant...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (1): 37–60.
Published: 01 April 2010
...Franklin Cox Cavell's influential mid-1960s critique of the “new music” of the postwar era poses significant challenges for contemporary composers who value this music. As with postmodernist critics, he has ably identified shortcomings in justifications for recent modernist music. With the benefit...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (1): 61–74.
Published: 01 April 2010
... is characterized by its disavowal of the market. Commercial transactions are disguised or renounced, while ostensibly altruistic gifts (of time, money, labor, or prestige) are valorized. Controversies involving pianist Joyce Hatto and composer Giacinto Scelsi are examined to show why fraudulence represents...
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Journal of Music Theory (2012) 56 (1): 53–86.
Published: 01 April 2012
... by the composer around the same time. René Rusch is assistant professor of music theory at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. © 2012 by Yale University 2012 Earlier versions of this article were presented at the New England Conference for Music Theorists (April 17, 2010...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (1): 1–45.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Eric Drott This article presents a critique of the commonplace trope that holds genre to have declined in relevance under modernism. Contrary to the widespread notion that composers’ repudiation of received tradition rendered the very idea of genre categories obsolete, this article argues...
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Journal of Music Theory (2012) 56 (2): 225–283.
Published: 01 October 2012
...William Rothstein The operas of Vincenzo Bellini (1801–35) exhibit compositional traits that, in North American scholarship, have generally been associated with German composers, especially Wagner. Close analysis of passages from Norma, La straniera , and other operas establishes the prevalence...
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Journal of Music Theory (2015) 59 (2): 191–234.
Published: 01 October 2015
...-tone melodies by situating them within the context of the broader concept of aggregate melodies. These melodies divide into four types, which are also relevant for music by other composers, and can be further described in terms of the relative tightness or looseness of their structural features...
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Journal of Music Theory (2014) 58 (2): 155–178.
Published: 01 October 2014
..., moderate level. The repetition of a pattern of intervals is (in some circumstances, at least) highly probable; in some cases, the information density of such repetitions may be undesirably low. The composer can balance this low information by injecting a high-information (i.e., low-probability) element...