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Tonality and Transformation

Steven Rings


This book employs transformational theory to illuminate the experience of tonal music. In addition to providing an accessible primer on transformational theory, the book introduces new theoretical constructs to model familiar tonal effects. Two effects are central: the infusion of sounding pitches with tonal qualities (or qualia) and the orientation of pitches toward a tonic. Tonal qualities are modeled via a Generalized Interval System (or GIS), while tonic directedness is modeled by oriented transformational networks. The arrows in such networks animate a special class of transformational ac ... More

Keywords: music theory, transformational theory, Schenkerian analysis, neo-Riemannian analysis, tonality, phenomenology, David Lewin, Bach, Mozart; Brahms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384277
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384277.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Rings, author
University of Chicago
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