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In his late compositions Webern exhibited a predilection for many types of cyclic organization, involving intervals, motives, contours, and twelve-tone rows; in particular, cyclic row organization provided Webern a means of serial structure beyond the row. Much as the twelve-tone principle...
Among the most exciting aspects of John Holden’s Essay towards a Rational System of Music (1770) is its explicit ambition to explain musical practice by means of a limited set of psychological first principles. Relying primarily on introspection, it nonetheless describes phenomena that we today...
This article examines Anthony Braxton’s Composition 76, a landmark work for three multi-instrumentalists. The score for Composition 76 employs graphic techniques (colors, shapes, and codes) as well as traditional notation on five-line staves. Original transcriptions of two studio recordings...
Pitch sets and pitch-class sets whose integers share the same sum are connected by pure contrary voice leading and share a center of balance. This article studies progressions of chords that may belong to different T/I set-classes but that belong to the same sum class.
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