The Reception of Hugo Riemann's Music Theory

Ludwig Holtmeier

in The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195321333
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

  The Reception of Hugo Riemann's Music Theory

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This article traces the reception of Hugo Riemann's ideas and examines their gradual transformations in the hands of his contemporaries and successors. By placing Riemann's legacy in a wider context of music-theoretical traditions, the article demonstrates that, divergent to the common belief, there existed a middle ground between Viennese scale-degree theory and Riemannian function theory, voice-leading approaches and Klang-based approaches. In this article, theorists such as Georg Capellen, Rudolf Louis, and Johannes Schreyer are discussed and seen as the missing links between the two great musical-theoretical centres of Vienna and Leipzig.

Keywords: Hugo Riemann; Riemann's legacy; music-theoretical traditions; scale-degree theory; Riemannian function theory; voice-leading approaches; Klang-based approaches

Article.  19766 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Theory and Analysis

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