Thesaurus Of Abstract Musical Properties

Thesaurus Of Abstract Musical Properties

by Jeffrey Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313293929

ISBN-13: 9780313293924

Pub. Date: 04/30/1995

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The discovery and application of abstract musical properties has had a prominent role in compositional and theoretical literature during the past 40 years, and an accumulation of source material has been produced that makes a single cross-referenced source essential for standard working procedures. Abstract musical properties, most often associated with analytical

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The discovery and application of abstract musical properties has had a prominent role in compositional and theoretical literature during the past 40 years, and an accumulation of source material has been produced that makes a single cross-referenced source essential for standard working procedures. Abstract musical properties, most often associated with analytical or compositional systems, are presented here in an unbiased context that allows the reader freedom of association and interpretation. This type of reference is an important tool for anyone who uses set-class analysis in coursework, or independent thesis research.

This book is intended to help verify musical intuition and has an immediate practical application for composers and theorists curious about intervallic properties and transformational potentials of any pitch-class set. It can provide supplemental material for coursework involving theory, analysis, and stylistic awareness of compositional or analytical styles, and also for learning and confirming economical presentations characteristic of recent music-theoretical literature. Organized in two parts, the first is a profile of all set-classes in charts allowing quick comparisons among them, including set-class reference tables, set-classes arranged by ascending interval-class vectors, and a summary of transformational invariances. The second part focuses on individual set-classes, listing its contents, subsets, and significant references to the collection in musical or theoretical literature. Internal segmentations of each set-class that are more structurally informative and memorizable than prime-forms are offered. Three appendices, an extensive bibliography, an index of selected analytical viewpoint and styles, and an index of terms are also included.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313293924
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/1995
Series:
Music Reference Collection Series, #45
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1350L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Conventions and Applications

Set-Class Profiles

Set-Class Reference Tables

Set-Class Invariance Vectors

Invariance Vectors Between Set-Classes and Literal Complements

Set-Classes Arranged by Ascending Interval-Classes

Individual Set-Classes

Trichords

Tetrachords

Pentachords

Hexachords

Septachords

Octachords

Nonachords

Decachords

Appendix I: Chromatic Set-Class Listings

Appendix II: Set-Classes Listed in Ascending Order by Cardinality

Appendix III: A Listing of Transformational Cycles

Bibliography

Index of Selected Analytical Viewpoints and Styles

Index of Terms

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