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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...
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Journal of Music Theory (2006) 50 (1): 103–110.
Published: 01 April 2006
...David Temperley My discussion of Bach's chorale prelude “Das alte Jahr vergangen ist” centers on its key structure: the hierarchical arrangement of keys in the piece and the relationships between them. In the course of this discussion, I make a number of observations about the nature of key...
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Journal of Music Theory (2017) 61 (1): 111–140.
Published: 01 April 2017
... ideas of key. Starting with Edward Gollin's recent generalization of Moritz Hauptmann's key representations as “multiaggregate cycles”—which he also uncovers on the surface of and in the relations between harmonies in Bartók's music—the article briefly reconsiders Hauptmann's theories and depictions...
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Journal of Music Theory (2012) 56 (2): 225–283.
Published: 01 October 2012
... in Bellini of tonal pairing, usually (but not always) involving relative keys. The sonorità or focal melodic pitch, long associated with Verdi’s operas, is found to play a unifying role in the second-act finale of Norma . Issues of reception history, text criticism, and analytical methodology are also...
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Journal of Music Theory (2014) 58 (1): 25–56.
Published: 01 April 2014
... Quartet is hardly the only motivation for Schumann’s continuous expositions. Contra Newcomb, conventions of continuous exposition create a compelling musical narrative across the symphony’s three-key design. The presence of tonal polarity in this exposition highlights the need to interpret Schumann’s...
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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 (2015) 59 (1): 63–97.
Published: 01 April 2015
... to the deepest level of tonal hierarchy, at which two Ursätze in different keys are joined together at the same hierarchical level. In the process, I offer a slight adaptation of the Schenkerian background paradigms to accommodate the imperfect authentic cadence with 3 ^ in the soprano, which in Russian church...
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Journal of Music Theory (2017) 61 (2): 243–287.
Published: 01 October 2017
... (i.e., preserves a different number of common tones), the framework affords voice-leading flexibility. Second, each relation is maximally distant within its class, minimizing the possibility of suggesting a key. Examples drawn from Schnittke’s works demonstrate how the PSM framework is used to create...
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Journal of Music Theory (2019) 63 (2): 209–229.
Published: 01 October 2019
...) the recapitulation is an exact (or near-exact) restatement of the exposition’s thematic materials, and (2) it takes but one tonal alteration (or “adjustment”) of these materials to make a recapitulation conclude in the key in which it began. This article aims to examine the second of these presuppositions in hopes...
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Journal of Music Theory (2020) 64 (2): 241–281.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Nathan L. Lam This article develops the notion of modal spelled pitch class by combining Julian Hook’s theory of spelled heptachords and Steven Rings’s heard scale degree. Modal spelled pitch class takes the form of an ordered triple that includes the key signature, the generic pitch classes...
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Journal of Music Theory (2006) 50 (2): 143–179.
Published: 01 October 2006
.... In a second type, it involves a more general sense of continuity between formal sections. The study of harmonic cross-reference in the three-key expositions of Schubert's Quartettsatz and String Quintet and Brahms's Second Symphony and Clarinet Trio reveals a tension between functional distinctions...
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Journal of Music Theory (2011) 55 (1): 89–146.
Published: 01 April 2011
... idea, which the artist imitates in a piece of music as a manifestation or development of one particular tone by means of the motive and the key. Schenker and Schoenberg further conceive of a piece as a picture of the tone and a statement about the tone. This analysis reveals that Schenker's...
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Journal of Music Theory (2009) 53 (1): 1–56.
Published: 01 April 2009
... of the Second Symphony op. 73, and the last two movements of the Second String Quartet op. 51/2. These analyses also suggest correspondences in these movements between metric relationships and relationships of key, harmony, and form. Metric Cubes in Some Music of Brahms...
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Journal of Music Theory (2022) 66 (2): 273–279.
Published: 01 October 2022
... era, form was conceived primarily in terms of key relationships” (1949: 163). This view of sonata form as a key-area form was included in Ratner's Classic Music ( 1980 ), where it forms the nucleus of his project “to approach the music and musical precepts of the 18th century in much the same way...
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Journal of Music Theory (2001) 45 (2): 233–261.
Published: 01 October 2001
...) as an elaboration of an Ursatz. But if a piece begins and ends in different keys, then the harmonic-contrapuntal structure may be based, from a Schenkerian standpoint, on some other model than the Ursatz, such as an auxiliary cadence or a plagal cadence, to name two possibilities.5 Pieces based on these models...
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Journal of Music Theory (1999) 43 (1): 135–163.
Published: 01 April 1999
... that leaves the opening “shadowed in obscurity, characterized by a sense of struggle or agitation” (p. 8). Yet even if one accepts that more than one key is suggested in the passage, the only alternative to E major would seem to be F≥ minor, which con- trols the opening measure but is immediately clarified...
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Journal of Music Theory (2006) 50 (2): 181–210.
Published: 01 October 2006
... and attempt to justify my reading by referring to dramatic fit- ness. But as Tovey suggested, dramatic fitness “can be discussed only descrip- tively and analogically,” so its assessment is subjective and difficult to justify. My second key concept, rational...
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Journal of Music Theory (2015) 59 (1): 121–181.
Published: 01 April 2015
... . Cognitive Foundations of Musical Pitch. New York : Oxford University Press . Krumhansl Carol Kessler Edward . 1982 . “ Tracing the Dynamic Changes in Perceived Tonal Organization in a Spatial Representation of Musical Keys .” Psychological Review 89/4 : 334 – 68 . Lewin David...
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Journal of Music Theory (2003) 47 (1): 215–222.
Published: 01 April 2003
..., also customarily known as “chromaticism,” when two homonymous keys combine as, e.g., [the notes] E and E-flat in C major/minor, I do not regard as chromaticism but as an independent principle of composition, namely mixture, which I have already established in some detail. This distinction...
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Journal of Music Theory (2000) 44 (2): 323–379.
Published: 01 October 2000
... these image schemas map onto conventional features of tonal melody, harmony, key, and phrase struc- ture, captured in the form of music-metaphorical schemas. Part four of- fers an overview of musical narrative and musical plot structure, show- ing how varied pattern repetition contributes to the narrative...