Journal of Music Theory

Schumann's A-minor Mood: Late-Style Dialectics in the First Movement of the Cello Concerto
Journal of Music Theory (2016) Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 51-88

Schumann's adaptations of eighteenth-century instrumental forms have long been regarded as problematic, as have the works of his late style period of the 1850s. The Cello Concerto Op. 129 (composed 1850, published 1854) is a late work based onm classical ...

Normalizing Musical Contour Theory
Journal of Music Theory (2016) Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 23-50

The advent of the numerical representation of contour was a watershed in the development of musical contour theory. Both Michael L. Friedman and Robert D. Morris pioneered the practice by mapping pitches in ascending registral order onto the subset of ...

Dissonant Prolongations Again: Nontonic Extensions in Nineteenth-Century Music
Journal of Music Theory (2016) Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 1-21

Taking my own Schenker-derived view of dissonant prolongations as a point of departure, this article attempts to clarify this phenomenon by considering it in relation to tonal prolongation. This is accomplished in three ways: by reconsidering Schenker's mature attitude toward ...

Schubert's Harmonic Language and Fourier Phase Space
Journal of Music Theory (2015) Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 121-181

This article introduces a type of harmonic geometry, Fourier phase space, and uses it to advance the understanding of Schubert's tonal language and comment upon current topics in Schubert analysis. The space derives from the discrete Fourier transform on pitch-class ...


Founded by David Kraehenbuehl at Yale University in 1957, the Journal of Music Theory is the oldest music-theory journal published in the United States. Originally a publication of the Yale School of Music, where it was officially housed for many years, JMT has always been edited by scholars associated with Yale's Department of Music, a relationship formalized in the last decade with JMT's move to the department. As the journal enters its second half century, the editors look forward to maintaining a tradition of publishing the best peer-reviewed research in the discipline. The Journal of Music Theory fosters conceptual and technical innovations in abstract, systematic musical thought and cultivates the historical study of musical concepts and compositional techniques. The journal publishes research with important and broad applications in the analysis of music and the history of music theory as well as theoretical or metatheoretical work that engages and stimulates ongoing discourse in the field. While remaining true to its original formalist outlook, the journal also addresses the influences of philosophy, mathematics, computer science, cognitive sciences, and anthropology on music theory.

Publisher Duke University Press
Country United States of America
ISSN (Print) 0022-2909
ISSN (Online) 1941-7497
Year started 1957
Indexed 877 articles
Licence Paid Access