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The middle section of John Field's Nocturne No. 13 in D minor, published in 1834, towards the end of the composer's life, begins with what appears to be a quotation from the start of the finale of Haydn's Quartet in E♭ major Op. 76 No. 6. Apart from the transposition of Haydn's theme to D major...
This article discusses ‘New Scale Modulations’, an unusual piece attributed to Franz Liszt by Rosemary Brown (1916–2001), a British composer who claimed to be a spirit medium. ‘New Scale Modulations’ ‘invents’ four key signatures that correspond to four transpositions of the same mode. The ‘New...
In his 1957 Mythologies, Roland Barthes proposes a second‐order semiological system, in which a familiar sign is repurposed to become a new signifier and in the process mythologises the previous sign system. This article adapts this principle to musical topics in twentieth‐century music, using...
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