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Musics with and after Tonality
Mining the Gap

Edited By

Paul Fleet

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ISBN 9781138316362
January 14, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 118 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume is a journey through musics that emerged at the turn of the 20th Century and were neither exclusively tonal nor serial. They fall between these labels as they are metatonal, being both with and after tonality, in their reconstruction of external codes and gestures of Common Practice music in new and idiosyncratic ways.  The composers and works considered  are approached from analytic, cultural, creative, and performance angles by musicologists, performers and composers to enable a deeper reading of these musics by scholars and students alike. Works include those by Frank Bridge, Ferruccio Busoni, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Rebecca Clarke, John Foulds, Percy Grainger, Mary Howe, Carl Nielsen, Franz Schreker, Erwin Schulhoff, Cyril Scott and Alexander Scriabin.  In the process of engaging with this book the reader, will find an enrichment to their own understanding of music at the turn of the 20th Century.

Table of Contents


1. Mining the Gap of Musics with and after Tonality
Paul Fleet (Newcastle University, UK)

2. Mining the Gap: What Gap?
Alistair Hinton (Composer and founder of the Sorabji Archive, UK)

3. Savage Minds in British Early-Twentieth Century Music
Annika Forkert (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

4. Space and Structure in Metatonal Musics
Paul Fleet (Newcastle University, UK)

5. Carl Nielsen’s Musical Vitalism
Christopher Tarrant (Newcastle University, UK)

6. ‘The cautious experiments of M. K. Čiurlionis (1875-1911): tonalities and realisms in his art and music’
George Kennaway (Performer and Conductor, UK)

7. J.S. Bach and Metatonality in the Early Piano Pieces of Ferruccio Busoni
Erinn Knyt (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

8. Ferruccio Busoni – Mirror and Enigma: Transcendence (through, in, and) the Piano Works
Fred Scott (Pianist and Composer)

9. Diatonic refraction through metatonal spaces
Kenneth Smith (University of Liverpool, UK)

10. Transformed Desire: Scriabin’s Transition Away from Functional Tonality
Jeff Yunek (Kennesaw State University, USA)

11. Musicology, Mediation, Metatonality: Rethinking the Music of Rebecca Clarke and Erwin Schulhoff
Christopher Dromey (Middlesex University, UK)

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Paul Fleet is a Senior Lecturer in Music at Newcastle University, UK with research specialty in Authentic Music Theory. He is also a QAA Subject Expert and Reviewer, HEA-qualified External Examiner, Senior Fellow of the HEA all whilst remaining a music theory lecturer, keynote popular-music education speaker, and a published author.