The Strange Landscape of Middles

Michael Beckerman

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Strange Landscape of Middles

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This article explores the concept of musical middles, which exhibit some rare properties. These properties are discussed in detail, starting with the fact that some musical middles are found near the beginning of a song or composition. Musical middles are also located in funeral marches, can be slow, and can play the kind of variability that imitates human behavior. The article also studies the work of Charles Altieri, who addressed some issues of literary middles, and reveals that middles are used to place fragments, making them both hidden and obvious.

Keywords: musical middles; properties; funeral marches; human behavior; variability; Charles Altieri; literary middles; hidden fragments

Article.  5806 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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