Ethan Haimo's article, "Atonality, Analysis and the Intentional Fallacy," provokes thought on three issues: 1) the issue of conscious vs. unconscious intentions; 2) the issue of documentary evidence and its uncritical acceptance; and 3) the evolution of pitch-class set theory in the last twenty-five years. The present author addresses these three issues and challenges Haimo's conclusion that analyses that do not take intentions into account effectively replace the composer with the theorist as an authority figure.
Latham, Edward D. (1997) Review of Ethan Haimo's Article, "Atonality, Analysis, and the Intentional Fallacy," "Music Theory Spectrum" 18.2 (Fall 1996), 167-199. In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 3, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/85133/.