Articles about Music Theory

All In the Theory
Music Teacher (2016) Vol. 95, No. 7, pp. 52-53


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 ...

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 ...

The Dominant Seventh Chord
ITG Journal (2016) Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 45-47


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 ...

Functional Nature of the Cadential Six-Four
Muzikoloski Zbornik (2016) Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 73-96

In this article I support the idea that the cadential six-four is not a mere dominant with two non-chord tones, but a unique bi-functional chord which embodies a conflict between tonic and dominant. This concept allows the explanation of all ...

Blitzing the Theory Blues
Music Teacher (2016) Vol. 95, No. 9, pp. 76-77