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Richard Taruskin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288089

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288089.001.0001

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Catching Up with Rimsky-Korsakov

Catching Up with Rimsky-Korsakov

(p.78) 4 Catching Up with Rimsky-Korsakov
Russian Music at Home and Abroad

Richard Taruskin

University of California Press

A recounting of the history of that strain of Stravinsky research and analysis that originated in the west with Arthur Berger’s discovery and naming of the octatonic scale in 1963, and what happened to that theory when it was linked to an indigenous Russian (i.e., St. Petersburg) tradition associated with Stravinsky’s teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The ensuing controversies illuminate the sociology of knowledge production in the realm of music theory. The essay ends by proposing criteria whereby theoretical and analytical perceptions may be tested.

Keywords:   Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Arthur Berger, Pieter van den Toorn, octatonic scale

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