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Videocast Journal of the Society for Music Theory

Parenthetic Aside in a 1789 Analysis of Mozart’s K 284
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 3, No. 1

In a 1789 treatise, the Darmstadt musician J.G. Portmann presents what amounts to a multi-level harmonic analysis of Mozart’s Sonata for Piano in D, K. 284, I. Portmann’s interpretation of the movement's exposition is in line with concepts expressed by ...

Variations on a Theme by a Rogue A.I.: Music, Gameplay, and Storytelling in Portal 2 (Part 2 of 2)
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 2, No. 3

This two-video series explores how the scoring to the video game Portal 2, published by Valve Corporation, not only helps tell the game’s story, but also comments on the game developers’ philosophy of puzzle design. The first video explores how ...

Variations on a Theme by a Rogue A.I.: Music, Gameplay, and Storytelling in Portal 2 (Part 1 of 2)
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 2, No. 2

This two-video series explores how the scoring to the video game Portal 2, published by Valve Corporation, not only helps tell the game’s story, but also comments on the game developers’ philosophy of puzzle design. The first video explores how ...

The Influence of Clara Schumann’s Lieder on Declamation in Robert Schumann’s Late Songs
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 2, No. 1

In his late songs (from 1849-52), Robert Schumann’s vocal rhythm strays much farther than in his earlier songs from the poetic rhythm. His late style of declamation may have been influenced by Clara Schumann’s Lieder of the 1840s. His late ...

Multiple Musical Agency in Mozart's Chamber Music
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 1, No. 3

Comparisons between the string quartet and artful conversation have flourished since the genre’s birth. If a quartet performance resembles stylized social intercourse, each player may be understood to enact the role of an individual persona engaged in the discourse. This ...

Contrapuntal Thinking in Haydn
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 1, No. 2

The first eight measures of the finale of Haydn’s Symphony #99 are straightforward as to harmony and formal function (they are a textbook period ending in PAC V). But the first theme group takes on larger proportions as a direct ...

Repetition & Musicality
SMT-V (2015) Vol. 1, No. 1

This video explores the connection between repetition and musicality. It starts by demonstrating the role of repetition in a popular web app, and then chronicles the centrality of repetition within musical practice at large. Given this centrality, musical repetition has ...