About Changes: Sixty-Four Studies for Six Harps

James Tenney

Edited by Larry Polansky, Lauren Pratt, Robert Wannamaker and Michael Winter

in From Scratch

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print September 2015 | ISBN: 9780252038723
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252096679 | DOI:
About Changes: Sixty-Four Studies for Six Harps

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In his 1987 essay Changes: Sixty-Four Studies for Six Harps, James Tenney explains his intentions in this work with respect to harmony. First, he wanted to investigate the new harmonic resources that have become available through the concept of “harmonic space” much more thoroughly than he had in any earlier work. Second, he wanted to study these harmonic resources within a formal context that would clearly demonstrate certain theoretical ideas and compositional methods already developed in his computer music of the early 1960s. Tenney also discusses harmonic procedures that to determine a set of available pitch classes before the actual pitches are selected, along with the hierarchical (or holarchical), recursive character of the program for segments and clangs.

Keywords: harp; James Tenney; harmonic resources; harmonic space; compositional method; pitch classes; pitch; segment; clang; harmony

Chapter.  6327 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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