Unfoldings : Essays in Schenkerian Theory and Analysis

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Carl Schachter is, by common consent, one of the three or four most important music theorists currently at work in North America. He is the preeminent practitioner in the world of the Schenkerian approach to the music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which focuses on the linear organization of music and now dominates discussions of the standard repertoire in university courses and in professional journals. His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including some that are obscure or hard to obtain. This volume gathers some of his finest essays, including those on rhythm in tonal music, Schenkerian theory, and text setting, as well as a pair of analytical monographs, on Bach's Fugue in B-flat major from Volume 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier and Chopin's Fantasy, Op. 49.show more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous music examples
  • 0195125908
  • 9780195125900
  • 1,728,512

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The idea of feting Carl Schachter by publishing a collection of his essays in music theory and analysis is most laudable. Schachter is one of the heroes of musical analysis, and his collected writings explain Schenkerian analysis better than any of the existing textbooks in English on the subject. Joseph N. Straus, a scholar of high standing, is well placed to put this book together. * William Drabkin, University of Southampton *show more

About Carl Schachter

One of the preeminent figures in the world of music theory, Carl Schachter is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Music at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is also on the faculty at the Mannes College of Music. Joseph N. Straus is Professor of Music at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and former President of the Society for Music Theory. His books include Remaking the Past: Musical Modernism and the Influence of the Tonal Tradition (1990) and The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger (1995).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: A Dialogue between Author and Editor ; I: RHYTHM AND LINEAR ANALYSIS ; 1. A Preliminary Study ; 2. Durational Reduction ; 3. Aspects of Meter ; II: SCHENKERIAN THEORY ; 4. Either/Or ; 5. Analysis by Key ; 6. The Triad as Place and Action ; 7. A Commentary on Schenker's Free Composition ; III: WORDS AND MUSIC ; 8. Motive and Text in Four Schubert Songs ; 9. The Adventures of an F-sharp ; IV: ANALYTICAL MONOGRAPHS ; 10. Bach's Fugue in B-flat Major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, No. 21 ; 11. Chopin's Fantasy, Op. 49: The Two-Key Scheme ; Carl Schachter: List of Publicationsshow more

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