Disability within Music-Theoretical Traditions

Joseph N. Straus

in Extraordinary Measures

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766451
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895007 | DOI:
Disability within Music-Theoretical Traditions

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Prevailing music theoretical models imagine a work of music as a metaphorical body susceptible to disabling conditions of one kind or another. These theories set themselves the task of normalizing non-normative events within a subsuming explanatory framework. In the process, entire repertoires (such as atonality) may be characterized as disabled in some respect. Hepokoski/Darcy and formal “deformation”; Schenker and normalization (motion and “paralysis”); Lewin and symmetrical balance.

Keywords: music theory; normalize; Hepokoski; Darcy; deformation; Schenker; normalization; motion; paralysis; Lewin; symmetry; balance

Chapter.  11697 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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