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Scale‐degree qualia are the fundamental building blocks of tonal cognition. Despite the recent flurry of scholarly activity surrounding their nature, certain conceptual entanglements persist. I argue that when scholars (and pedagogues) invoke the notion of scale degrees, they typically conflate...
In this article I argue that vagrant harmonies have the ability to imply contexts outside of their current tonal region, which is supplied by their immediate musical surroundings. Viewing vagrants in this way enables their functionality to be compared to that of the magnetosome in saltwater...
This article focuses on the writings and music of Arnold Schoenberg to establish concrete techniques for form‐functional analysis, particularly cadential function. In both Fundamentals of Musical Composition and ‘Problems of Tonality’, Schoenberg discusses how form can be communicated to an...
Cornelius Cardew's Octet ’61 for Jasper Johns is ‘not necessarily for piano’, an epithet which gives advance warning of its eccentricity. With an adventurous presentation that encompasses radical forms of musical indeterminacy, it appears to exhibit all the hallmarks of the American Experimental...
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