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The Transition (TR)

James Hepokoski and Warren Darcy

in Elements of Sonata Theory

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146400
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146400.003.0006
The Transition (TR)

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The standard designation for transition or bridge is problematic and at times misleading, because it can be particularly deceptive within analytical contexts that assume as a first principle that tonal considerations trump all others, which suggests that the term means a transition or bridge from one key to another. There are also TR-zones which are characterized by their dispositional location within a system of generic expectation and sometimes they are mistaken to define a transition primarily in terms of expectation of modulation. Certain kinds of TR rhetoric are readily recognizable as transitional in texture and once this sort of rhetoric is underway, there is never any doubt about being in a TR-zone. Determining the beginning of the TR-zone is probably a modern analytical preoccupation; on the other hand, the field of TR-designation is not thrown open for free interpretations.

Keywords: transition; bridge; dispositional location; key; TR-zone; rhetoric

Chapter.  10700 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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