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Audacious euphony : chromaticism and the consonant triad's second nature

Author: Richard Lawrence Cohn
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Series: Oxford studies in music theory.
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Music theorists have long believed that 19th-century triadic progressions idiomatically extend the diatonic syntax of 18th-century classical tonality, and have accordingly unified the two repertories under a single mode of representation. Post-structuralist musicologists have challenged this belief, advancing the view that many romantic triadic progressions exceed the reach of classical syntax and are mobilized as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lawrence Cohn
ISBN: 9780199772698 019977269X 9780199832828 019983282X
OCLC Number: 704243841
Description: xvii, 237 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: Mapping the triadic universe --
Hexatonic cycles --
Reciprocity --
Weitzmann regions --
A unified model of triadic voice-leading space --
Navitating the triadic universe : three compositional scripts --
Dissonance --
Syntactic interaction and the convertible Tonnetz --
Double syntax and the soft revolution.
Series Title: Oxford studies in music theory.
Responsibility: Richard Cohn.
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Music theorists have long believed that 19th-century triadic progressions idiomatically extend the diatonic syntax of 18th-century classical tonality, and have accordingly unified the two repertories under a single mode of representation. Post-structuralist musicologists have challenged this belief, advancing the view that many romantic triadic progressions exceed the reach of classical syntax and are mobilized as the result of a transgressive, anti-syntactic impulse. In Audacious Euphony, author Richard Cohn takes both of these views to task, arguing that romantic harmony operates under syntactic principles distinct from those that underlie classical tonality, but no less susceptible to systematic definition. Charting this alternative triadic syntax, Cohn reconceives what consonant triads are, and how they relate to one another. In doing so, he shows that major and minor triads have two distinct natures: one based on their acoustic properties, and the other on their ability to voice-lead smoothly to each other in the chromatic universe. Whereas their acoustic nature underlies the diatonic tonality of the classical tradition, their voice-leading properties are optimized by the pan-triadic progressions characteristic of the 19th century. Audacious Euphony develops a set of inter-related maps that organize intuitions about triadic proximity as seen through the lens of voice-leading proximity, using various geometries related to the 19th-century Tonnetz. This model leads to cogent analyses both of particular compositions and of historical trends across the long nineteenth century. Essential reading for music theorists, Audacious Euphony is also a valuable resource for music historians, performers and composers [Publisher description].

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