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Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok

Elliot Antokoletz

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195365825
eISBN:
9780199868865
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

This book explores the means by which two early 20th-century operas — Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (1902) and Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle (1911) — transform the harmonic structures of the ... More


The New Musical Language

Elliott Antokoletz

in Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartok

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195365825
eISBN:
9780199868865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter explores the sources and evolution of the new musical language that lead to the symbolist ideal and corresponding musical processes. The latter is based on transformation of traditional ... More


Chromatic Tonal Spacesm

Fred Lerdahl

in Tonal Pitch Space

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195178296
eISBN:
9780199870370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178296.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter extends the diatonic model of Chapter 2 to chromatic spaces that are relevant to the music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. First, the evolution of pitch space is demonstrated ... More


The Debt to the East

Peter van der Merwe

in Roots of the Classical: The Popular Origins of Western Music

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780198166474
eISBN:
9780191713880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198166474.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Over many centuries, Western music has drawn on the partially Oriental music of southern and eastern Europe. This chapter examines this process, and in particular, the Gypsy music that profoundly ... More


Compositional Interpretation: Focus on Structure, Melody, Pitch Organization, Rhythm, and Orchestration and Texture

Donald Maurice

in Bartók's Viola Concerto: The Remarkable Story of His Swansong

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195156904
eISBN:
9780199868339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156904.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on those aspects of the work that a revisionist must consider when transforming the manuscript into a performable work. Under the subheadings of structure, melody, pitch ... More


The Octatonic Scale

Arthur Berger

in Reflections of an American Composer

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232518
eISBN:
9780520928213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232518.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, American

The chapter examines the octatonic scale, which is the term to describe any eight-note musical scale. It has been at issue insofar as it interacted with the old diatonic scales to surround the tonic ... More


Catching Up with Rimsky-Korsakov

Richard Taruskin

in Russian Music at Home and Abroad: New Essays

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520288089
eISBN:
9780520963153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520288089.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

A recounting of the history of that strain of Stravinsky research and analysis that originated in the west with Arthur Berger’s discovery and naming of the octatonic scale in 1963, and what happened ... More


Joan Tower, Silver Ladders (1986)

Jonathan W. Bernard

in Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music from 1960-2000

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190236861
eISBN:
9780190236892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190236861.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Although at first glance Joan Tower’s orchestral work Silver Ladders (1986) might seem to follow a well-established twentieth-century tradition of “octatonicism,” closer analytical examination ... More


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