Unfoldings: Essays in Schenkerian Theory and Analysis

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780195120134
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/31/1998
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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).

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 Publications

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