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What, Exactly, is “Tonality”? »

Chapter: The Italian Concerto Style and the Rise of Tonality-driven Form

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

What, Exactly, is “Tonality”? And yet this description has so far omitted the most potent factor in the movement’s extraordinary momentum. That factor ...

When Resolution Comes… »

Chapter: Deeds of Music Made Visible (Class of 1813, I)

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

When Resolution Comes… The Prelude is thus the opera's essential deed of music, made immediately visible with the raising of the curtain. The resolutio...

Where to Go from Here? »

Chapter: After Everything

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Where to Go from Here? As with Chomsky's theories, the success or failure of Lerdahl and Jackendoff's arguments will have to depend on something other ...

A Wholly Disinterested Art? »

Chapter: Standoff (II)

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

A Wholly Disinterested Art? Carter's next major work after the First Quartet was Variations for Orchestra, composed between 1953 and 1955 on commission...

Whose Liberation? »

Chapter: Indeterminacy

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Whose Liberation? What better reasons did he find? The one that he liked to offer was spiritualistic and vaguely “oriental,” borrowed in the 1940s from...

Why we will Never know How it all Began »

Chapter: The Curtain Goes Up

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Why we will Never know How it all Began Yet even if the ancient Greek catalogue of lyre tunings was conceptually foreign, hence irrelevant, to the moda...

Whys and Wherefores »

Chapter: Notre Dame de Paris

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Whys and Wherefores There are large sections devoted to spare parts like these, sometimes called “substitute clausulas” or “ersatz clausulas,” in all f...

Willaert and the Art of Transition »

Chapter: A Perfected Art

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Willaert and the Art of Transition And yet the perfection of the ars perfecta shows up all the more clearly against its rough-hewn rival. Of course the...

Women In Music: A Historians’ Dilemma »

Chapter: Fat Times and Lean

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Women In Music: A Historians’ Dilemma Because the history of European and Euro-American art music is the story of a literate tradition—that is, to a ve...

The Worcester Fragments »

Chapter: Island and Mainland

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Worcester Fragments There is an English source for the Balaam motet as well as the French one, but like almost all the English sources of the perio...

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