MTO Dissertation Listings

Volume 2.5 1996


  1. Gloag, Kenneth. "Structure, Syntax and Style in the Music of Stravinsky"
  2. Thomas, Margaret E. "Conlon Nancarrow's 'Temporal dissonance': Rhythmic and Textural Stratification in the Studies for Player Piano"

Gloag, Kenneth. "Structure, Syntax and Style in the Music of Stravinsky"

AUTHOR: Gloag, Kenneth
TITLE:  Structure, Syntax and Style in the Music of Stravinsky
INSTITUTION: University of Exeter
BEGUN: October 1991
ABSTRACT:  This thesis involves detailed analytical discussions of a 
selection of Stravinsky's major works. The analyses are concerned with 
structural processes which can be related to Stravinsky's metaphor of 
polarity and the specific details of his harmonic syntax.

Emerging from this analytical process is a concern with the question
of continuities across the works which are considered as being
representative of Stravinsky's three stylistic periods. The works
selected for discussion are Petrushka, which represents the Russian
period, the Serenade and Dumbarton Oaks reflect the concerns of the
neoclassical period and the late serial works are represented by In
Memoriam Dylan Thomas and Requiem Canticles. The consideration of
continuity leads to a discussion of the relationship between the
accumulated analytical details and the problems of defining and
identifying musical style.

Keywords: Theory, Analysis, Style (Barthes/Meyer), Salience, Prolongation, 

Chapter 1:  Theoretical Contexts and Analytical Strategies
Chapter 2:  Theoretical Framework (1)
Chapter 3:  Petrushka (part two)
Chapter 4:  Petrushka (part three)
Chapter 5:  Serenade (first movement)
Chapter 6:  Dumbarton Oaks (first movement)
Chapter 7:  In Memoriam Dylan Thomas
Chapter 8:  Requiem Canticles
Chapter 9:  Theoretical Framework (2): Implications


Dr Kenneth Gloag
Department of Music
University of Wales
College of Cardiff
Corbett Road
Cardiff  CF1 3EB

telephone:  01222 874386

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Thomas, Margaret E. "Conlon Nancarrow's 'Temporal dissonance': Rhythmic and Textural Stratification in the Studies for Player Piano"

AUTHOR:  Thomas, Margaret E.
TITLE:  Conlon Nancarrow's 'Temporal dissonance': Rhythmic and Textural
Stratification in the Studies for Player Piano
INSTITUTION:  Yale University
BEGUN:  September 1992
COMPLETION:  March 1996

ABSTRACT: The Studies for Player Piano of Conlon Nancarrow (b. 1912)
are rhythmically and texturally complex works that exemplify
Nancarrow's aesthetic goal of "temporal dissonance": two or more
seemingly uncoordinated streams of music are presented simultaneously.
His use of asynchronicity places him as a central figure within a
group of innovative twentieth-century composers who similarly expand
and elevate rhythmic practice, including Ives, Cowell, Carter, and
Ligeti.  But Nancarrow's fundamental concept of temporal dissonance
remains largely undeveloped.  This dissertation explores the rhythmic
and textural techniques of the studies in general, and Nancarrow's
temporal dissonance in particular.

KEYWORDS: Conlon Nancarrow, rhythmic stratification, texture, player
piano, temporal dissonance

TOC:  I.  Introduction;  II.  Temporal Stratification in the Works of Other
Composers;  III.  Multidimensionality and Textural Strategies;  IV.  Temporal
Dissonance;  V.  Study No. 41;  VI.  Concluding Remarks

CONTACT:  16 Clay St., North Brunswick, NJ  08902; phone numbers: (908)
932-6873, (908)821-1507

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