Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past
In recent decades, increased specialization has sharply separated music theory from historical musicology. Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past brings together a group of essays—written by theorists and musicologists—that seek to bridge this gap. This collection shows that music theory can join forces with historical musicology to produce a more humanistic form of musical scholarship.
In nineteen essays dealing with musical theories from the twelfth to the twentieth century, two recurring themes emerge. One is the need to understand the historical circumstances of the writing and reception of theory, a humanistic approach that gives theory a place within social and intellectual history. The other is the advantages of applying contemporaneous theory to the music of a given period, thus linking theory to the history of musical styles and structures. The periods given principal attention in these essays are the Renaissance, the years around 1800, and the twentieth century.
Abundantly illustrated with musical examples, Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past offers models of new practical applications of theory to the analysis of music. At the same time, it raises the broader question of how historical knowledge can deepen the understanding of an art and of systematic writings about that art.
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Music Theory and Its Histories
The Earliest Phases of Measured Polyphony
Modal Strategies in Okeghems Missa Cuiusvis Toni
Finding the Soggetto in Willaerts Free Imitative
Mode and Counterpoint
Mutio Effrems Censure sopra
The Place of Aesthetics in Theoretical Treatises on Music
Chromaticism in Classical Music
The First Movement
Symmetry and Symmetrical Inversion
Organicism and Analysis
Schoenbergs Old Hat
The New Education and Music Theory 19001925
Harmony as a Determinant of Structure in Weberns
Momignys Type de la Musique and a Treatise
Normality and Disruption in Beethovens
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