Robert P. Morgan is one of a small number of music theorists writing in English who treat music theory, and in particular Schenkerian theory, as part of general intellectual life. Morgan’s writings are renowned within the field of music scholarship: he is the author of the well-known Norton volume Twentieth-Century Music, and of additional books relating to Schenkerian and other theory, analysis and society. This volume of Morgan’s previously published essays encompasses a broad range of issues, including historical and social issues and is of importance to anyone concerned with modern Western music. His specially written introduction treats his writings as a whole but also provides additional material relating to the articles included in this volume.
Contents: Introduction. Part I Schenkerian and Other Theory: Dissonant prolongation: theoretical and compositional precedents; Schenker and the theoretical tradition: the concept of musical reduction; Schenker and the 20th century: a modernist perspective; Musical time/musical space. Part II Music Analysis: Chopin’s modular forms; Circular form in the Tristan prelude; Ives and Mahler: mutual responses at the end of an era; Chasing the scent: the tonality in Liszt’s Blume and Duft; Two early Schoenberg songs: monotonality, multitonality, and schwebende Tonalität; ‘The things our fathers loved’: Charles Ives and the European tradition; On the analysis of recent music. Part III Music and Society: Tradition, anxiety, and the current musical scene; Secret languages: the roots of musical modernism; ‘A new musical reality’: futurism, modernism, and ‘the art of noises’; Rethinking musical culture: canonic reformulations in a post-tonal age. Index.
The titles in this series bring together a selection of previously published and some unpublished essays by leading authorities in the field of critical musicology. The essays are chosen from a wide range of publications and so make key works available in a more accessible form. The authors have all made a selection of their own work in one volume with an introduction which discusses the essays chosen and puts them into context. A full bibliography points the reader to other publications which might not be included in the volume for reasons of space. The previously published essays are published using the facsimile method of reproduction to retain their original pagination, so that students and scholars can easily reference the essays in their original form.