Vol. 28, No. 2 (2008)
Publication date: 2009-05-15
Number of articles: 15
Separation - PDF through Erudit
The Tristan Chord Resolved - PDF through Erudit
A little-noticed passage from Moritz Hauptmann’s 1853 treatise Die Natur der Harmonik und der Metrik very nearly describes the opening progression of Wagner’s Tristan. The present paper surveys the various analyses of the Tristan chord presented in the theoretical literature and defends an analysis derived from Hauptmann as a viable alternative.
Pierre Boulez et le Théâtre de la Cruauté d’Antonin Artaud : De Pelléas à Rituel, in memoriam Bruno Maderna - PDF through Erudit
In a 1948 text, Pierre Boulez expresses his desire to infuse his music with a ritualistic undertone comparable to that of Antonin Artaud’s poetic. This remark raises questions about Artaud’s influence, concerning both Boulez’s conducting activities and the conception of his works. The first part of this article deals with Boulez’s public writings on Pelléas et Mélisande and on the links he establishes between Debussy and Artaud in his private writings. The second part concentrates on the connections that relate Artaud’s works to those of Boulez, particularly in Rituel, in memoriam Bruno Maderna.
Interpreting Gesture as Motive: A Transformational Perspective on Replication in R. Murray Schafer’s Seventh String Quartet1 - PDF through Erudit
While the text, instrumentation, and performance details of Schafer’s Seventh String Quartet (which include an obligato soprano, colour and costume motifs, and texts based on the writings of a schizophrenic woman) seem to distract from the work’s pitch structure, seemingly disparate motives can instead be considered closely related because they repeat a particular transpositional gesture. This article uses transformational network analysis, a recently developed theoretical approach incorporating elements of mathematical and musical set theory, to illustrate similarities between these pitch motives. A brief introduction to transformational network analysis is included for those not familiar with its terminology.
Wearing Two Hats: Anne Eggleston as Composer and Pedagogue - PDF through Erudit
Canadian composer Anne Eggleston had an active career as both composer and piano pedagogue. In many of her works, such as Sketches of Ottawa, she sought to bridge the gap between these two interests. By examining the Anne Eggleston Fonds (MUS 282), acquired by Library and Archives Canada in 1997, we can begin to understand the personality of this remarkable composer and her commitment to piano pedagogy. Her teaching materials and her devotion to private students, as well as her affiliation with music organizations, paint a full picture of this important Canadian composer and pedagogue.