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Metrical Revisions

Harald Krebs

in Fantasy Pieces

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780195116236
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116236.003.0005
Metrical Revisions

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This chapter, based on research undertaken in numerous libraries and archives in Europe, gives examples of Schumann's intensive compositional work on metrical dissonance. There are occasions when Schumann rendered originally consonant passages dissonant, usually by adding conflicting voices or adjusting the alignment of existing voices. He also frequently intensified or deintensified dissonances that were already present in his early versions, often by adding or eliminating dynamic accents. The chapter concludes with an investigation of possible reasons for such revisions: to clarify the form by intensifying the contrast between sections or by highlighting sectional boundaries; to create relationships between passages; or to create particular metrical processes.

Keywords: autograph; sketch; intensification; deintensification; form; metrical process

Chapter.  9382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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