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Desire in Chromatic Harmony: A Psychodynamic Exploration of Fin de Siècle Tonality

Kenneth M. Smith


Of the many composers in the Western classical tradition who celebrated the marriage between psyche and sound, those explored in this book followed the lines diverging from Wagner in philosophizing the nature of desire in music. This book offers two new theories of tonal functionality in the music of the first half of the twentieth century that seek to explain its psychological complexities. First, the book further develops Riemann’s three diatonic chord functions, extending them to account for chromatic chord progression and substitution. The three functions (tonic, subdominant, and dominant) ... More

Keywords: Funktionstheorie, drive analysis, post-Wagnerian music, music theory, chromaticism, octatonicism, neo-Riemannian theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190923426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190923426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth M. Smith, author
Professor of Music Theory, University of Liverpool