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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


The Nineteenth‐Century Vernacular

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/9780198166474.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Nineteenth-century music spoke essentially the same language, regardless of national differences or height of brow. Its most fundamental feature was the increasing independence of melody, which made ... More


The Pentatonic Scale

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/9780198166474.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter shows how the pentatonic scale develops out of the children's chant, either by transference and superimposition (e.g., a–g–e + d–c–a) or by the addition of a note at either end (a–g–e + ... More


Rivals to Tonality

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/9780198166474.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Classical tonality, with its basis in the tonic-and-dominant polarity, did not have the field all to itself. ‘Modal’ progressions never completely died out. This chapter looks at some of them. One of ... More


On “Crystal Growth” in Harmonic Space: (1993/2003)

James Tenney

Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker, and Michael Winter (eds)

in From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038723
eISBN:
9780252096679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038723.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

James Tenney talks about his “crystal growth” algorithm, an idea that suggests a new “harmonic syntax” for harmonic space. As a quantitative model, it is both suggestively rich for future composition ... More


The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

Vic Hobson

in Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781617039911
eISBN:
9781626740259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039911.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

Nick LaRocca the leader of the white “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” claimed that he and his band had created jazz. In his interviews with the Hogan Jazz Archive he told of how he sang countermelodies ... More


Improvisation—Play First, Write Later

Rena Upitis

in This Too is Music

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190884956
eISBN:
9780190918651
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190884956.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes a number of improvisational activities, including improvising using keyboards and Orff instruments, and explores pentatonic, whole-tone, and blues scales, among others. Through ... More


Church Is Where “I Acquired My Singing Tactics”

Vic Hobson

in Creating the Jazz Solo: Louis Armstrong and Barbershop Harmony

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496819772
eISBN:
9781496819826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496819772.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the influence of singing in Mount Zion Baptist Church on Armstrong’s development as a musician.Although we do not know exactly what Armstrong sang at his church there are ... More


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