This chapter analyzes In C as a score in its own right, that is, an “endogenous” analysis. Though hailed as a breakthrough work of “open form,” In C is also a conventionally notated score, albeit only one page long. As such, it can be examined as one would a traditional piece, a structure “outside of real time.” Topics examined are the nature of the instructions, pacing of harmonic density and rhythmic materials, motivic transformation, the significance of “landmark” modules, and large-scale harmonic motion.
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