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Tonal Pitch Space$
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Fred Lerdahl

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178296.001.0001

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Prolongations in Chromatic Spaces

Prolongations in Chromatic Spaces

(p.298) 7 Prolongations in Chromatic Spaces
Tonal Pitch Space

Fred Lerdahl

Oxford University Press

This chapter applies the constructs worked out in Chapter 6 to the analysis of chromatic music, beginning with passages in Wagner, Debussy, and Stravinsky. Psychoacoustic factors in prolongational analysis, including salience conditions, anchoring in a melodic stream, and sensory consonance and dissonance, are motivated through excerpts in Debussy and early Schoenberg. These factors are stated and then applied in a detailed analysis of a piece by Scriabin. Leading-tone formations in the music of Bartók and Stravinsky are considered in relation to previous chromatic practice and to dissonant chord structures in contemporaneous atonal music. The notion of vertical reduction is developed.

Keywords:   psychoacoustic, salience, stream, sensory consonance, prolongation, leading-tone formation, vertical reduction

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