Some Aspects of Structure

Donald Maurice

in Bartók's Viola Concerto

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780195156904
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868339 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Musical Genesis and Structure

Some Aspects of Structure

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This chapter introduces musical elements relating to large-scale structure in the work, through to the micro-level of numbers of beats and measures, to serve possible larger predetermined frameworks. While each movement is subjected to a structural analysis, the manuscript poses special challenges in determining the correct placement within the work of parts of the sketches and how explaining those placements affect the overall structure of the three-movement work and its linking sections. The composer's own comments are taken into account and some alternative solutions are offered to support some of the clues found in the sketches. The principles of the Golden Section are discussed, and calculations based on the Fibonacci series are applied to seek answers to some of the incomplete sections. Possible links to the Third Piano Concerto are also explored to provide answers.

Keywords: large-scale structure; micro-level; predetermined frameworks; structural analysis; special challenges; linking sections; Golden Section; Fibonacci series; Third Piano Concerto

Chapter.  3740 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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