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Audacious Euphony: Chromatic Harmony and the Triad's Second Nature

Richard Cohn


Many nineteenth-century theorists viewed triadic distance in terms of common tones and voice-leading proximity, rather than root consonance and mutual diatonic constituency. Audacious Euphony reconstructs this view and uses it as the basis for a chromatic model of triadic space, developing geometric representations from blueprints of Euler (1739) and Weitzmann (1853). The model renders coherent many passages of romantic music (e.g. of Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, Wagner) that are disjunct from the standpoint of classical tonality. Semantic attributes commonly ascribed to romantic music are ... More

Keywords: chromatic, enharmonic, tonnetz, voice leading, triadic distance, augmented triad, schubert, weitzmann, parsifal, chopin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199772698
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Cohn, author
Yale University