Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties: A Theoretical and Compositional Resource

Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties: A Theoretical and Compositional Resource

Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties: A Theoretical and Compositional Resource

Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties: A Theoretical and Compositional Resource

Synopsis

The discovery and application of abstract musical properties has had a prominent role in compositional and theoretical literature during the past 40 years, and an accumulation of source material has been produced that makes a single cross-referenced source essential for standard working procedures. Abstract musical properties most often associated with specific analytical or compositional systems, are presented here in an unbiased context that allows the reader freedom of association and interpretation. This type of reference is an important tool for anyone who uses set-class analysis in coursework, or independent thesis research.

Excerpt

Peter Roget published the first edition of his thesaurus with a lengthy functional explanation within its title, which read in full: Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition (Roget 1977: first edition, 1852). Transferal of this concept to the field of music theory, by writing a Thesaurus of Abstract Musical Properties--classified and arranged so as to facilitate the expression of musical ideas and assist in musical composition--has been made possible through the research and imagination of theorists and composers who provided the groundwork for this discipline, primarily since the 1960s. Musical understanding has changed significantly based on the impact of this contribution, but standard working procedures remain difficult because information is spread over journal articles and analytical books most often designed to clarify particulars rather than to provide a base of information.

Refining and expanding the best information and ideas into a single cross-referenced source, this reference book is designed to help verify musical intuition, and has practical application for composers and theorists curious about abstract intervallic properties and transformational potentials of pitch configurations. It can be used as supplemental material in courses involving theory, analysis, and stylistic awareness of contemporary compositional styles, and is also practical for learning, decoding, and confirming the economical presentation of complex ideas characteristic of recent music-theoretical literature.

Charts and diagrams collected in this book simplify the process of comparing sounds to others of similar or complementary size and interval structure, by organizing, clarifying, and supplementing information from . . .

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