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Author Kopp, David.

Title Chromatic transformations in nineteenth-century music / David Kopp
Edition First edition
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2002
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 275 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in music theory and analysis ; 17
Cambridge studies in music theory and analysis ; 17
Contents Common-tone tonality -- Three examples of functional chromatic mediant relations in Schubert -- Key harmonic systems and notions of third relations form Rameau -- Hugo Riemann -- Twentieth-century theory and chromatic third relations -- Riemann's legacy and transformation theories -- A chromatic transformation system -- Chromatic mediant relations in musical contexts -- Five analyses
Summary David Kopp's book develops a model of chromatic chord relations in nineteenth-century music by composers such as Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms. The emphasis is on explaining chromatic third relations and the pivotal role they play in theory and practice. The book traces conceptions of harmonic system and of chromatic third relations from Rameau through nineteenth-century theorists such as Marx, Hauptmann, and Riemann, to the seminal twentieth-century theorists Schenker and Schoenberg and on to the present day. Drawing on tenets of nineteenth-century harmonic theory, contemporary transformation theory, and the author's own approach, the book presents a clear and elegant means for characterizing commonly acknowledged but loosely defined elements of chromatic harmony, and integrates them as fully-fledged entities into a chromatically-based conception of harmonic system. The historical and theoretical argument is supplemented by plentiful analytic examples.--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-269) and index
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Subject Chromaticism (Music)
Music -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001037948
ISBN 0511063725 (electronic bk.)
0511481934 (electronic bk.)
9780511063725 (electronic bk.)
9780511481932 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Chromatic transformations in 19th-century music