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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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Uncertainty, Disorientation, and Loss as Responses to Musical Structure

Uncertainty, Disorientation, and Loss as Responses to Musical Structure

(p.173) Six Uncertainty, Disorientation, and Loss as Responses to Musical Structure
Beyond Structural Listening?

Andrew Dell'Antonio

University of California Press

In a notion of inclusive musical structure, it is not clear that any particular kind of listening experience can usefully be picked out as the hearing of structure. Anything that one hears might be the result of structure in the inclusive sense. This chapter presents several musical analyses where the structural fact was learned through means other than hearing. The gathered facts were then used to find out what it might mean to hear them. In all these analyses it was finally found that the musical structure was neither conventionally structural in character nor necessarily similar in character or in density of information to the structural descriptions with which they are associated. The C-sharp minor Prelude in Book I of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is also discussed where the perception is of an unrealized modulation to E major suggested by the beginning of a thematic statement in that key early in the piece.

Keywords:   musical analyses, musical structure, Well-Tempered Clavier, structural fact, hearing

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