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Adapting Pal Joey: Postwar Anxieties and the Playmate  

Julianne Lindberg

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Aug 2019
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Jul 2019
This chapter on the liberal movie adaptation of Rodgers and Hart’s Pal Joey situates the musical in the context of postwar America, when traditional forms of gender and domesticity were ... More

Agency and Contemporary Recording Production  

Eliot Bates

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Jul 2020
Recording production is a complex, multistep, typically collaborative process that entails a shifting set of individuals inhabiting changing roles within spaces that house considerable ... More

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

The Audience Reception of Algorithmic Music  

Mary Simoni

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
Contemporary music research and practice have leveraged advances in computing power by integrating computing devices into many aspects of music—from generative music to live coding. This ... 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

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

Creating with Constraints  

Robert Hasegawa

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Jul 2020
Musicians have long framed their creative activity within constraints, whether imposed externally or consciously chosen. As noted by Leonard Meyer, any style can be viewed as an ensemble of ... More

Early Modern Voices  

Bettina Varwig

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Apr 2019
This chapter explores early modern conceptions of voice and vocal timbre, focusing on French and German philosophical and musical writings of the long seventeenth century. It argues that a ... More

Eloquent Performance: The of Topics  

Sheila Guymer

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter explores how skilled performers use topical analysis in their interpretative decision-making, presenting material from lesson-interviews conducted with fortepianists Robert ... More

Expectation, Musical Topics, and the Problem of Affective Differentiation  

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
Since Leonard Meyer (1956), music theorists have looked to expectation as a primary generator of musical affect. Yet, expectation and its complement—surprise—do not explain affective ... More

Fantasia and Sensibility  

Matthew Head

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Nov 2014
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Aug 2013
Fantasia and sensibility are not like other topics. Composed and improvised in all shapes and sizes, fantasias are not reducible to a single type of material. The fantasia was a host genre, ... More

Futurist Timbres: Listening Failure in Milan, 1909–1914  

Gavin Williams

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Jun 2018
This chapter tracks timbre through the mediated public sphere of Milan, as it came to congeal in Italian Futurism. Long mythologized as the origin of noisy art, sound scholars have yet to ... More

Hunt, Military, and Pastoral Topics  

Andrew Haringer

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter is intended as a response and supplement to Raymond Monelle’s book The Musical Topic: Hunt, Military and Pastoral (2006), with a focus on the writings of eighteenth-century ... More

In the Beginning, There Was Improvisation  

Bruce Ellis Benson

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Sep 2016
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Jun 2014
The theological doctrine of creatio ex nihilo attempts to safeguard both the power and freedom of God. If creation is understood as God’s work of art, then creatio ex nihilo is the ... More

Learned Style and Learned Styles  

Keith Chapin

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
Eighteenth-century writers on music recognized a spectrum of learned styles. These included not only the imitative counterpoint characteristic of the fugue and the species counterpoint ... More

Listening to Topics in the Nineteenth Century  

Julian Horton

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter evaluates issues in the topical analysis of nineteenth-century music, paying close attention to the persistence of eighteenth-century topics in changed social and ... More

Music and Dance in the Ancien Régime  

Lawrence Zbikowski

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter explores the contribution French noble dance made to the topical universe available to composers in the latter half of the eighteenth century. The chapter reviews the culture ... More

Musical Awakenings: The Experiences of a Queer Music Therapist in the Face of HIV and AIDS  

Colin Andrew Lee

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Sep 2020
This article describes a gay music therapist’s experiences of working with clients living with HIV and AIDS through improvisation and performance. Sessions were held from 1988 to 1991 at ... More

Ombra and Tempesta  

Clive McClelland

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
The topical label of Sturm und Drang, which draws on parallels between certain movements of Haydn’s middle-period symphonies and the trend in German Romantic literature (Wyzewa 1909) was ... More

Performing Topics in Mozart’s Chamber Music with Piano  

John Irving

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Nov 2014
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Nov 2014
This chapter discusses ways in which an awareness of topics might influence performance behaviors. It contrasts topics as understood respectively by Aristotle (abstract concepts) and Vico ... More

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