Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2021

Publication Title

Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic

Abstract

American composer Morton Gould (1913-1996) was remarkably consistent stylistically over the course of his compositional career; this project examines certain motivic transformational techniques used in two of his last works, Stringmusic (1993, winner of the Pulitzer Prize) and Remembrance Day (Soliloquy for a Passing Century) (1995). These techniques, which can generally be filed under the principle of developing variation, are: 1. Mirroring and reversal; 2. Rotation; 3. Motivic expansion and contraction; 4. Additive sets; and 5. Asymmetric injection. After an overview of each technique, I give a full analysis of the fourth movement of Stringmusic using the approaches described within the paper. Finally, to show the pedagogical possibilities, I connect the use of the various analytic techniques to the idea of corporate embodiment of analysis, taking the idea of music theory out of the classroom and onto the football field.

Volume

10

Issue

1

DOI

https://trace.tennessee.edu/gamut/vol10/iss1/3/

ISSN

1938-6990

Comments

This Article is brought to you for free and open access by Volunteer, Open Access, Library Journals (VOL Journals), published in partnership with The University of Tennessee (UT) University Libraries. This article has been accepted for inclusion in Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic by an authorized editor. For more information, please visit https://trace.tennessee.edu/gamut.

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