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“A Demonic Haydn”

Seth Monahan.

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

May 2015; p ublished online April 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 18927 words.

This chapter begins by considering the possible synergies and frictions among the Sixth Symphony’s dominant reception tropes—those of tragedy, autobiography, and (neo)classicism. It then...

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“A Play within a Play”

Seth Monahan.

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

May 2015; p ublished online April 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 14695 words.

This chapter focuses on Mahler’s explicitly “classicist” sonata, the opening of the Fourth Symphony. After demonstrating the many parallels of design between this movement and the opening...

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 A Singing Tone

Kenneth Hamilton.

in After the Golden Age

December 2007; p ublished online May 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 12701 words.

This chapter analyses the Romantic obsession with a cantabile “singing tone” on the piano, with particular reference to techniques of pedaling, arpeggiation, and asynchronization of hands....

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 A Suitable Prelude

Kenneth Hamilton.

in After the Golden Age

December 2007; p ublished online May 2008 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 10300 words.

This chapter examines the virtually universal custom before the mid-decades of the 20th-century of pianists improvising preludes and transitions between pieces, with especial attention to...

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. A Way into Schoenberg’s Opus 15, Number VII

David Lewin.

in Studies in Music with Text

January 2006; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 11101 words.

Arnold Schoenberg's poem, Opus 15, Number VII, is an exploration of an affective disorder and comes in two parts. The first three lines expose the affects involved: Angst and Hoffen...

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Aaron [Aron], Pietro

Bonnie J. Blackburn.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Early Renaissance Music (1400-1500); High Renaissance Music (1500-1600). 1991 words.

[Piero]

(b Florence, c1480; d after 1545). Italian theorist and composer. Nothing is known of Aaron’s early training, his teacher, or his career before 1516. He claims to have had...

About Changes: Sixty-Four Studies for Six Harps

James Tenney.

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

in From Scratch

September 2015; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6327 words.

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...

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About Diapason

James Tenney.

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

in From Scratch

September 2015; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 1020 words.

James Tenney reflects on his 1996 composition Diapason. Near the beginning and the end of the piece, the “diapason” includes harmonics from the forty-eighth through sixty-fourth, whereas at...

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Absatz

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques. 15 words.

The Absence of the Work

Frédéric Pouillaude.

in Unworking Choreography

April 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance; Music Theory and Analysis. 5213 words.

This chapter explores the process of absenting in more radical terms that previously discussed in this book. More specifically, it attempts to move from absenting as a mere tendency of...

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Absetzen

Clive Brown.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques. 152 words.

(Ger.).

As a musical term, absetzen has two meanings: (1) to separate one note from another, as is usual in staccato performance and (2) to transcribe vocal music into tablature...

Absolute Music: The History of an Idea. By Mark Evan Bonds. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, xvi + 375 pp

Thomas Grey.

in Music Theory Spectrum

June 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Musicology and Music History. 5098 words.

Accentus

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques; High Renaissance Music (1500-1600). 59 words.

(Lat.).

A term used in the 16th century (e.g. Ornithoparchus, Musicae activae micrologus, 1517) for the simple forms of plainchant based on recitation tones as used in the...

Accessing the Opportunity, Permission, and Authority to Become Creative

Juniper Hill.

in Becoming Creative

November 2018; p ublished online April 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Ethnomusicology; Music Theory and Analysis. 22974 words.

This chapter examines how and why individuals are granted or denied access to opportunities, permission, and authority to develop and to work as creative music makers. Musicians’ access to...

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Accompagnato

Jack Westrup and David Fallows.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques. 150 words.

(It.: ‘accompanied’; past participle of accompagnare).

A short term for recitativo accompagnato, i.e. Recitative accompanied by the orchestra with expressive motifs, equivalent...

Accompaniment

David Fuller.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis; Musical Structures, Styles, and Techniques. 1225 words.

(Ger. Begleitung).

In the most general sense, the subordinate parts of any musical texture made up of strands of differing importance. A folksinger's listeners clap their hands...

Accord

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Acoustics Theory; Performance Practice and Studies. 10 words.

Accord

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Acoustics Theory; Performance Practice and Studies. 3 words.

Acousmatic Fabrications

Brian Kane.

in Sound Unseen

July 2014; p ublished online June 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 6762 words.

The career of the guitarist Les Paul provides a case study for the theory of acousmatic sound developed in chapters 4 and 5. Paul, like a magician, played with listeners of his radio...

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Acousmatic Phantasmagoria and the Problem of Technê

Brian Kane.

in Sound Unseen

July 2014; p ublished online June 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis. 10720 words.

When creating acousmatic sound, techniques are often employed to occlude the source or cause of the sound. Following Marx, the occultation of the means of production is called...

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