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Form as Harmony in Rock Music

Drew Nobile


This book offers a theory of form aimed at rock and pop songs of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The core claim is that rock form derives from the interaction between thematic design and harmonic structure. Many aspects of a rock song—lyrical structure, instrumental texture, melodic design, etc.—ultimately trace back to the relationship between harmonic trajectory and formal layout. The book begins with a theory of rock harmony rooted in an adaptation of Schenkerian analysis and proceeds to demonstrate that rock music is based on a small set of formal-harmonic patterns used consistently across ge ... More

Keywords: rock music, popular music, form, harmony, Schenkerian analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190948351
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190948351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Drew Nobile, author
Assistant Professor of Music Theory, University of Oregon