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Beyond Structural Listening?Postmodern Modes of Hearing$
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Andrew Dell'Antonio

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520237575

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520237575.001.0001

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The Disciplined Subject of Musical Analysis

The Disciplined Subject of Musical Analysis

(p.13) One The Disciplined Subject of Musical Analysis
Beyond Structural Listening?

Andrew Dell'Antonio

University of California Press

This chapter presents a review of the essay “Schenker's Conception of Musical Structure,” written by Allen Forte. The essay comments on a graphic analysis presented by Heinrich Schenker and exemplifies his approach towards tonal music. The music theorist in Forte's essay is conspicuously a writer, who seeks to dispose the words of the essay in the allotted time or space, imagines a time outside the span of the essay and an encounter with a diverse world in which incomprehension is possible. Beyond making assertions about musical structure, the essay also mimics procedures of Schenkerian musical structure and musical theory. Forte's language in the essay also creates parallels between music and theoretical discourse apart from more general resemblance between the musical theorist and the composition in the essay. He also refers to the discipline of music theory and evokes a coherent, purposeful area of research at a time when the present institutional structures of music theory didn't exist.

Keywords:   musical analysis, Heinrich Schenker, tonal music, musical theory, musical theorist

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