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Author Rochberg, George.

Title A dance of polar opposites : the continuing transformation of our musical language / George Rochberg ; edited with an introduction by Jeremy Gill.

Imprint Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, 2012.

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 Talbott: Circulating Collection  MT6 .R583 2012    Available  ---
Description 175 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Eastman studies in music, 1071-9989 ; v. 88
Eastman studies in music ; v. 88.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Setting the stage. The morphology of musical language ; Diatonic asymmetry, enharmonic spelling, and multidirectionality -- Symmetry in tonal music. Intimations of circularity : embryonic circular sets ; More evolved circular sets ; Fully evolved circular sets -- Pitch organization on larger scales. The harmonic envelope ; The harmonic field ; The tonal field -- Looking ahead. The shadow of futurity ; A new circle of fifths -- Afterword : polarity, unity of opposites, contraries, gyres -- Appendix 1 : George Rochberg Archives -- Appendix 2 : Celebrating George Rochberg's eightieth year.
Summary In A Dance of Polar Opposites : The Continuing Transformation of Our Musical Language, the renowned American composer George Rochberg distilled a lifetime of insights about Western music across some three hundred years. Rochberg describes how the asymmetrical tonal language of the late eighteenth century--the era of Haydn and Mozart--evolved through the gradual incursion of symmetry into a system based on the juxtaposition of tonal and atonal, asymmetrical and symmetrical--as seen in notable composers such as Webern, Prokofiev, and Rochberg himself. A Dance of Polar Opposites takes us inside the composer's studio, reveals how he assessed his and our musical past, and paints a picture of what he believed our musical future may be [Publisher description].
Subject Music theory.
Musical analysis.
Tonality.
Added Author Gill, Jeremy, editor.
ISBN 9781580464130 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1580464130 (hardcover : alk. paper)