The AMusic flat sign-C-E complex: The origin and function of chromatic major third collections in nineteenth-century music

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Abstract

The AMusic flat sign-C-E major-third constellation stands as a prototype for nineteenth-century composers' expressive and structural uses of chromatic major-third relations. After tracing the origins of the collection, this article presents a conglomeration of hierarchic and transformational analytic approaches to AMusic flat sign-C-E music by central European composers to demonstrate that recognition of the complex comprises a valuable added dimension to our structural and phenomenological hearings of romantic-era music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-190
Number of pages24
JournalMusic Theory Spectrum
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

Keywords

  • 19-century music
  • Chromaticism
  • Neo-Riemannian analysis
  • Schenkerian analysis
  • Third relations

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