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In search of new scales : Prince Edmond de Polignac, octatonic explorer

Author: Sylvia Kahan
Publisher: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2009.
Series: Eastman studies in music, v. 63.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The first publication and exploration of a pathbreaking treatise on what would become a crucial element in the music of Stravinsky and Ravel: the octatonic scale.

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Genre/Form: Biographie
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kahan, Sylvia.
In search of new scales.
Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2009
(OCoLC)639555651
Named Person: Edmond Polignac, prince de; Edmond de Polignac; Edmond de Polignac; Edmond Polignac, prince de
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Kahan
ISBN: 9781580463058 1580463053 9788210000126 8210000128
OCLC Number: 366468979
Language Note: Translated from the French, text in English and French.
Description: xiv, 389 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Childhood and education (1834-1859) --
A young composer (1859-1877) --
Scales A, B, C : Polignac's invention of octatonicism (1877-1879) --
"Nothing of the usual tonality" (1880-1888) --
The unexpected woman (1889-1894) --
Alexandre de Bertha and the Guerre des gammes (1894-1896) --
Years of plenty (1894-1899) --
Endings and echoes (1900- ) --
Edmond de Polignac's octatonic music --
Preface to Polignac's octatonic treatise --
Polignac's octatonic treatise, a study on the sequences of alternating whole steps and half steps (and on the scale known as major-minor) [translation of French text] --
Edmond de Polignac, "Étude sur les successions alternantes de tons et de demi-tons (et sur la gamme dite majeure-mineure)" [transcription of the original French text].
Series Title: Eastman studies in music, v. 63.
Responsibility: Sylvia Kahan.
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Kahan's musical analysis, and her publication and translation of Polignac's treatise alone are sufficient to position this volume as an important addition to octatonic scholarship. MUSIC AND LETTERS Read more...

 
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