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Terry Riley's in C$
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Robert Carl

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325287.001.0001

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(p.57) Chapter Four Analysis
Terry Riley's in C

Robert Carl

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   endogenous analysis, pacing, harmonic density, rhythmic materials, motivic transformation, harmonic motion, landmark modules

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