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Collage in American musiclocked

  • J. Peter Burkholder


The juxtaposition of multiple Quotations in such a way that each element maintains its individuality and the elements are perceived as having been excerpted from many sources and arranged together, rather than all sharing common origins; also, a piece or passage of music created through such juxtaposition. The term is borrowed from the visual arts, where it refers to the act of pasting diverse objects, fragments, or clippings on a background, or to a work of art assembled in this manner. In a collage, elements often differ in key, timbre, texture, meter, or tempo, helping to convey the impression of an assemblage of diverse elements....

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Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Journal of the Royal Musical Association