The Problem of Harmonic Dualism

Ian Bent

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 Problem of Harmonic Dualism


This article presents a key text in the transition of Riemann's argument from earlier theories and mature, psychological work. As a reference, the article also forms a link back to historical contexts already explored, and this article invokes figures such as Georg Capellen and Arthur von Oettingen—Riemann's contemporaries. In this article, Riemann is shown to summarize for one last time, the scope and ambitions of his dualistic theory and, implicitly and explicitly, he responds to his critics. As always, Riemann does not merely rework his earlier arguments but designs them in such way they adapt to the current situation and cover new ground by answering his critics.

Keywords: Georg Capellen; von Oettingen; dualistic theory; Riemann

Article.  13053 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Theory and Analysis

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