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Analyzing Schubert

Analyzing Schubert


  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316620755

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  • When Schubert's contemporary reviewers first heard his modulations, they famously claimed that they were excessive, odd and unplanned. This book argues that these claims have haunted the analysis of Schubert's harmony ever since, outlining why Schubert's music occupies a curiously marginal position in the history of music theory. Analyzing Schubert traces how critics, analysts and historians from the early nineteenth century to the present day have preserved cherished narratives of wandering, alienation, memory and trance by emphasizing the mystical rather than the logical quality of the composer's harmony. This study proposes a new method for analyzing the harmony of Schubert's works. Rather than pursuing an approach that casts Schubert's famous harmonic moves as digressions from the norms of canonical theoretical paradigms, Suzannah Clark explores how the harmonic fingerprints in Schubert's songs and instrumental sonata forms challenge pedigreed habits of thought about what constitutes a theory of tonal and formal order.

    • Proposes a new method for analyzing the harmony of Schubert's songs and sonata forms, therefore it will appeal to those who are interested in listener-oriented methods of analysis
    • Explains the role of music theory in accepted methods of musical hermeneutics, placing music theory in broader historical and social contexts
    • Complex and influential concepts of Schenkerian and neo-Riemannian theory are explained in clear and simple terms
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316620755
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 172 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 table 87 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Singing Schubert's praises: the voice of Vogl in Schubert's early history
    2. 'A word will often do it': harmonic adventure in Schubert's songs
    3. Music theory and the musicological imagination: perceptions of Schubert's sonata form
    4. Analyzing music theory: a Schubertian critique

  • Author

    Suzannah Clark, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Suzannah Clark is Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of Music at Harvard University, Massachusetts. In addition to her work on Schubert, her research interests range from medieval French motets to the history of music theory from Rameau to Schenker. She is the co-editor of Citation and Authority in Medieval and Renaissance Musical Culture: Learning from the Learned, with Elizabeth Eva Leach, and Music Theory and Natural Order from the Renaissance to the Early Twentieth Century, with Alexander Rehding.

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