Dissonant Prolongations Again

Nontonic Extensions in Nineteenth-Century Music


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 tonality and dissonance in more detail, with particular emphasos on his idea that dissonant prolongations are based on tonicizable but nontonic triads; by examining a number of extended, if partial precedents for such prolongations in his final publication, "Der freie Satz"; and by supporting the article's main claim, that three songs by Hugo Wolf ending on nontonic chords suggest that they contain Schenkerian prolongations, being at once dissonant and tonal. The article ends by considering three tonal works by Brahms, Debussy, and Schoenberg that, through tonal and not completely dissonant, contain extended dissonant prolongations.

Journal Journal of Music Theory
Year 2016
Volume 60
Issue 1
Pages 1-21

MORGAN, R. P. (2016) Dissonant Prolongations Again: Nontonic Extensions in Nineteenth-Century Music. In: Journal of Music Theory, Vol. 60, No. 1, pp. 1-21. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/87946/.


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