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Tonal Interpretation, Transformational Models, and the Chromatic Calls to Repent in Franck's <i>Le chasseur maudit</i>

Robert C. Cook

in The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Riemannian Music Theories

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195321333
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195321333.013.0019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

  Tonal Interpretation, Transformational Models, and the Chromatic Calls to Repent in Franck's Le chasseur maudit

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This article provides an analysis of Cesär Franck's Le chasseur maudit, which serves as an extended and elegant reflection on the potential and limitations of various analytical frameworks. This article is placed with respect to notions of chromatic music, specifically on the idea that chromaticism poses analytical difficulties that Riemannian and neo-Riemannian perspectives are particularly well suited to address. After discussing the work from both linear and functional perspectives, and examining the conceptual problems that attend each, the article then demonstrates how a contextual, neo-Riemannian view can capture the work's important gestures, and offers a balance between a desire to understand the work as a reflection of an orderly and coherent relational system, and the need to engage the aural experience of the music.

Keywords: Cesär Franck; Le chasseur maudit; chromatic music; Riemannian perspectives; neo-Riemannian perspectives

Article.  11939 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Theory and Analysis

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