Silence and Slow Time: Studies in Musical Narrative

Silence and Slow Time: Studies in Musical Narrative

by Martin Boykan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810847515

ISBN-13: 9780810847514

Pub. Date: 03/23/2004

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Time is of the essence in music because the ear can only perceive sequentially-one thing at a time-unlike the eye, which is capable of panoramic view. Silence and Slow Time proposes a way of thinking about music that is faithful to the experience of playing or listening during a real performance. Boykan argues against the common assumption that thematic

Overview

Time is of the essence in music because the ear can only perceive sequentially-one thing at a time-unlike the eye, which is capable of panoramic view. Silence and Slow Time proposes a way of thinking about music that is faithful to the experience of playing or listening during a real performance. Boykan argues against the common assumption that thematic relationships automatically insure musical coherence, because the repetition or the transformation of a theme is only meaningful if we consider when it occurs. This argument is developed through a close reading of passages from the full range of Western music. Analyses of dramatic narratives in Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin reveal a richness that can only be captured if thematic or voice-leading relationships are placed within a temporal context. Other kinds of narrative are explored in a Renaissance motet, and in the music of Wolf and Debussy at the end of the 19th Century. The book devotes several chapters to the great innovators of the 20th Century, and concludes with a detailed study of the Schoenberg Trio that traces its thematic and harmonic process to suggest a somewhat oblique relation to the apocalyptic moment when it was composed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810847514
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Part IThe Voyage and the Map5
1Prologue: Words and Music7
2Words about Music: The Visual Fallacy23
3Reconceiving Schenker47
4Inventing Tonality--And a Backward Look79
Part IIThe Twentieth Century99
5The Path to the Twentieth Century101
6Schoenberg and Webern129
7Stravinsky and Musical Stasis157
8Reconceiving Twelve-Tone Theory173
9The Tradition at an Apocalyptic Moment: The Schoenberg Trio197
10On the Threshold of the New Century237
Index247
About the Author255

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