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Amateur Topical Competencies  

Melanie Lowe

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter considers the topical competency of late eighteenth-century amateur players and listeners. Focus is on selected string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, and Pleyel. The analytical ... More

Assessment and Frameworks in Collegiate Composition Studios  

Gregory Simon

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Apr 2015
This essay examines how undergraduate composition teachers assess growth in their students’ work, and shows how assessment frameworks (such as rubrics) can be useful for college ... More

Ballroom Dances of the Late Eighteenth Century  

Eric McKee

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
Dance topics represent the largest and most pervasive category of late eighteenth-century topics. This chapter examines ballroom dances current in Vienna during the last quarter of the ... More

Brilliant Corners: Improvisation and Practices of Freedom in  

Walton M. Muyumba

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Sep 2016
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Aug 2014
“Brilliant Corners: Improvisation and Practices of Freedom” is a critique of John Edgar Wideman’s novel, Sent for You Yesterday. The chapter interrogates Wideman’s attempt to expose the ... More

The Brilliant Style  

Roman Ivanovitch

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
The brilliant style, described loosely by Leonard Ratner as rapid passages for virtuoso display, has been a mainstay of modern topic theory, often invoked in conjunction with the singing ... More

Cadence  

Daniel Harrison

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Feb 2016
This article defines cadence as a convention of musical ending realized through counterpoint. It encodes the principle of imperfect sonorities resolving to perfect sonorities. The ... More

Chromaticism and the Question of Tonality  

David Kopp

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the role of key and function as a component of Riemann's relational harmonic system. It is argued in this article that while the neo-Riemannian abstraction of ... More

Criteria for Analysis:: Perspectives on Riemann's Mature Theory of Meter  

William E. Caplin

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on Riemann's theories of rhythm and meter. It specifically aims to clarify the criteria that Riemann uses in justifying his metrical analyses by examining his theories ... More

Diversity and Divergence in the Improvisational Evolution of Literary Genres  

Jennifer D. Ryan

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
This chapter examines the evolution of three types of improvisation: a mode of literary composition, a method through which to advocate social change, and a theoretical practice. The ... More

Dualism and the Beholder's Eye: Inversional Symmetry in Chromatic Tonal Music  

Dmitri Tymoczko

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers the theme of inversional symmetry as it manifests itself in Riemann's theoretical writings and in late-nineteenth-century chromatic music. It examines the ... More

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