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Journal of Music Theory (2019) 63 (2): 209–229.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Jonathan Guez Despite differences in critical alignment, epistemological underpinnings, and reportorial coverage, studies of sonata forms nevertheless tend to share one feature: they devote the least amount of space to recapitulations. Two presuppositions might explain this neglect: (1...
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Journal of Music Theory (2022) 66 (2): 223–253.
Published: 01 October 2022
... that might otherwise appear to have little in common—a particularly appealing prospect for recently composed repertoire. In subscribing to Nicholas Cook's (2013) recharacterization of the score as a “script” that is interpreted, supplemented, and molded in performance, this research encourages the treatment...
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Journal of Music Theory (2008) 52 (2): 219–249.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Justin Hoffman Recent music-theoretical research has proposed two ways of mapping the pitch-class set universe. Fourier spaces, constructed by Quinn, relate sets to one another based upon their composition from members of interval cycles, reflecting what might be called “harmonic quality.” Voice...
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Journal of Music Theory (2009) 53 (2): 227–254.
Published: 01 October 2009
..., since some musical spaces have natural boundaries. It also notes that there are spaces, including the familiar pitch-class circle, in which there are multiple paths between any two points. This leads to the suggestion that we might sometimes want to replace traditional pitch-class intervals with paths...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (1): 5–23.
Published: 01 April 2010
... of this sort. The essay ends with a brief discussion of Cavell's response to skepticism, in which I propose that philosophy and art might be farther apart than Cavell believes. Dmitri Tymoczko is a composer and music theorist who teaches at Princeton University. His book A Geometry of Music...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (1): 1–45.
Published: 01 April 2013
... that Les espaces acoustiques affords but also suggests how music analysis might better address the heterogeneous contexts and multiple listener competences that this and other musics engage. Eric Drott is associate professor of music theory at the University of Texas at Austin. His book, Music...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (1): 107–120.
Published: 01 April 2010
... of the modernist project while rejecting musical experiments that went too far in the direction of abstraction, opacity, or self-indulgence. From this point of agreement, differences emerge between Cavell and Deleuze over exactly how philosophy might prescribe a virtuous, sober, or ethical version of musical...
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Journal of Music Theory (2014) 58 (2): 155–178.
Published: 01 October 2014
... into the repetition such as a large interval or a chromatic note. A perceptual model is proposed, showing how the probabilities of intervals, scale degrees, and repetition might be calculated and combined. I am grateful to David Huron for making available to me his Humdrum encoding of the Barlow and Morgenstern...
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Journal of Music Theory (2021) 65 (1): 11–16.
Published: 01 April 2021
... dancers might refer to as “working in 2s against 3s,” or metrical crossing. Another kind of metric conflict, a displacement or syncopation, arises when there is a shift of phase, involving an exchange between beats and offbeats. From the standpoint of a military marcher, this might involve shifting...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (2): 321–371.
Published: 01 October 2013
... one make sense of so unreliable an account of who’s doing what, or even who ‘they’ might be? And is this agential chaos somehow part of Beethoven’s cre- ative ‘vision Of course, as a reader of this journal you—the real you, that is—are quite...
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Journal of Music Theory (2020) 64 (2): 283–291.
Published: 01 October 2020
... C T H E O R Y has expressive meaning and not merely with what that meaning might be (Hatten 1994: 1). So, what is virtual agency? Virtuality is commonly associated with digi- tal media, cybernetics, science fiction, and posthumanism (Hayles 1999). As virtual-reality technology becomes more powerful...
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Journal of Music Theory (2006) 50 (2): 277–290.
Published: 01 October 2006
... Journal of Music Theory a metrical context. (The centrality of scale-degree patterns in Gjerdingen’s schemata suggests that they might be called “scale-degree schemata,” and I will do so here.) Many galant pieces, Gjerdingen argues, are entirely or almost...
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Journal of Music Theory (2013) 57 (2): 419–431.
Published: 01 October 2013
...,” which is also a feature of paradigmatic analysis. Directed change is an aspect of “continuity,” which comprises stasis (rep- etition, cyclicity), transformation (through-composition), rupture (alterna- tion), and sectionality, each of which might...
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Journal of Music Theory (2000) 44 (2): 487–494.
Published: 01 October 2000
... of 487 topics is any indication, then we might infer that the purview of aesthet- ics is not only broad and all-encompassing but potentially boundless. And this is so because aesthetics exists not at a first but a second level; not at the level of language but metalanguage. As disciplinary practice...
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Journal of Music Theory (1999) 43 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 April 1999
... of the physiology of its making. In what follows I shall outline some of the ways physiology, the study of bodily function, inhabits how we talk and think about music, both directly and metaphor- ically. We shall examine what a physiological perspective might reveal about different types of musical spaces...
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Journal of Music Theory (2023) 67 (1): 71–98.
Published: 01 April 2023
.... The “expanded type 1,” so closely associated with Brahms, is essentially to be found in finales. “When this occurs in a first movement,” Hepokoski and Darcy ( 2006 : 351) explain, “the issue of considering the possibility that the tonic-P at the outset of Rotation 2 might be the beginning of a recapitulatory...
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Journal of Music Theory (1999) 43 (2): 359–371.
Published: 01 October 1999
...” which deprive the com- position in question of any context that might be deemed cultural. At the same time, most analysts are sensitized to question how—in any worth- while manner—“the creativity, spontaneity, and novelty of actual musi- cal experience” can be prevented from contributing...
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Journal of Music Theory (2010) 54 (2): 283–310.
Published: 01 October 2010
..., Music Theory, and Liberal-Progressive History 285 For starters, one might ask (since it is by no means immediately clear from Helmholtz’s own words), just what was this “freely chosen principle” of musical practice? We can fairly conclude that it was not strictly harmonic in character...
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Journal of Music Theory (2006) 50 (1): 111–127.
Published: 01 April 2006
...—among many other things, it is one of the volume’s funniest essays. The attention to gender and sexuality in the essay might surprise some readers, but the aggregate of SMWT makes clear that this was not an iso- lated concern. Such issues figure prominently in all three...
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Journal of Music Theory (2004) 48 (2): 337–354.
Published: 01 October 2004
... the intersections of structure and expression, and in so doing he deftly ex- plains the ways in which Brahms’s Piano Quartet in C minor op. 60 “cor- relates with the agony of an individual about to commit suicide” (4). Smith also demonstrates “how it might be possible to steer a middle course be- tween the old...