Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Desire in Chromatic HarmonyA Psychodynamic Exploration of Fin de Siècle Tonality$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kenneth M. Smith

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190923426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190923426.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 October 2020

Karol Szymanowski’s Dominant Drive Model and the Excess of the Cycle

Karol Szymanowski’s Dominant Drive Model and the Excess of the Cycle

Chapter:
(p.141) Chapter Four Karol Szymanowski’s Dominant Drive Model and the Excess of the Cycle
Source:
Desire in Chromatic Harmony
Author(s):

Kenneth M. Smith

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190923426.003.0004

The chapter explores several songs by Karol Szymanowski that demonstrate the explicit rotation of a TSD substitution model in relatively strict terms. These songs also reflect on the theme of desire as a circular driving force. The chapter then examines Szymanowski’s symphonic music, specifically the third symphony, “Song of the Night” Op. 29, whose sonorities spread their tensions out in many directions. To visually re-create this, the chapter employs a method called “drive analysis,” which represents triads as triangles and tetrads as squares, each with tailored corners to represent the raising or lowering of pitches. When placed on a graph whose y-axis unfolds the circle of descending fifths and whose x-axis represents the flow of time, various patterns emerge that unlock new hearings of a work whose harmonic “momentum” could otherwise be considered static.

Keywords:   Karol Szymanowski, Song of the Night, Drive Analysis, Sufism, Harmonic substitution

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .