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Cadence  

William S. Rockstro, George Dyson, William Drabkin, Harold S. Powers and Julian Rushton

the third pair of chords. The expansion of the sonata in 19th-century instrumental music, and especially the development of musical continuity in German Romantic opera (Wagner’s ‘unendliche Melodie’), brought to the interrupted cadence a structural significance that had hitherto been the exclusive property of the perfect and imperfect cadences ( ex.16 ). By contrast Richard Strauss, whose opera acts and tone poems were through-composed but were nevertheless subdivided by cadence-points, developed a kind of counterpart to the interrupted cadence, in which the

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carries all the qualities of a leitmotif , the ‘Tristan’ chord has been viewed (by Kurth and others) as the basis of a ‘crisis’ in Romantic harmony. For although it can be explained in ordinary functional harmony as an augmented (French) 6th ( f–b–d ♯′–a′ ) with the g ♯′ as a long appoggiatura to the a′ , or alternatively as an added 6th chord in first inversion with chromatic alterations (e.g. d–f–a + b , inverted to f–a–b–d′ with lowered 3rd and raised 6th = f–a♭–b–d ♯′ ), it seems to have its own harmonic significance in this work and later operas of Wagner

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Mode  

Harold S. Powers, Frans Wiering, James Porter, James Cowdery, Richard Widdess, Ruth Davis, Marc Perlman, Stephen Jones and Allan Marett

become dha-ni-pa and ga-ma-ri ]. These Sārang elements are found in almost all rāg of the Kānaḍā type. The addition of dha in the ni-pa component to make the uttarāṅga descent in Darbārī Kānaḍā is not a matter of a different scale-type for Darbārī than for Sārang . The rāga Sahānā ( ex.39d ) uses śuddha dha , and Nāyakī ( ex.39c ), like Sārang itself, has no sixth degree at all. Nonetheless, all three are clearly Kānaḍā melodic types, and a fortiori all three show a chāyā (‘tinge’) of Sārang in the uttarāṅga because of the

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Sigalia Dostrovsky, Murray Campbell, James F. Bell and C. Truesdell

royale des sciences et des belles lettres de Berlin , 20 (1764), 165–73; repr. in Opera omnia , III/i (Leipzig, 1926), 508–15 L. Euler : ‘De motu vibratorio tympanorum, Novi commentarii Academiae scientiarum imperialis petropolitanae , 10 (1764), 243–60; repr. in Opera omnia , II/x, ed. F. Stüssi (Leipzig, 1947), 344–59 L. Euler : ‘Du véritable caractère de la musique moderne’, Mémoires de l Académie royale des sciences et des belles lettres de Berlin , 20 (1764), 174–99; repr. in Opera omnia , III/i (Leipzig, 1926), 516–39 L. Euler : Eclaircissements plus détaillés

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Ian D. Bent

revised by Anthony Pople

British Library, London All the music examples in Czerny’s School are attributed (they represent the generation of Beethoven, Hummel, Rossini, Méhul etc.), and many analyses of whole compositions are included. The treatise was unique in being the first independent manual of form and instrumentation. It took for granted a grounding in harmony and counterpoint, and concerned itself exclusively with the development of ideas and the formation of compositions ‘from the most simple Theme to the Grand Symphony, and from the shortest Song to the Opera and Oratorio’ (i, p.iii)

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Alfred Mann, J. Kenneth Wilson and Peter Urquhart

Beethoven’s Canons, from Letters, Cards, Album Leaves, and Other Personal Documents , describes the nature of a canonic output that is extremely modest compared with the canonic writing of 18th-century masters. Neither the fulfilment of the symphonic ideal nor the rise of Romantic song and opera in the 19th century offered a favourable climate for the canonic art, and the literature of canon remained limited to small occasional pieces and academic examples. The latter, however, achieved relative importance, especially in the works of Schumann, through the reawakened interest

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George Dyson

revised by William Drabkin

1946 , 1972 ; but see Bent). True chromaticism had its first flowering in the secular music of the second half of the 16th century, above all in the Italian madrigal (Rore, Marenzio and Gesualdo), where it went hand in hand with expressive, affective text-setting. This development was transported to England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and also had a profound influence on secular monody and the beginnings of opera in Italy around the turn of the 17th century. In the Baroque era the use of chromaticism was closely linked with the Doctrine of the Affections

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Andrew V. Jones and Will Crutchfield

musical centrepiece of the opera and its dramatic turning-point, epitomizes the theme of the opera: the divine power of music. It is not known what was sung at the first performance, but it was surely not the plain version, which would cut a sorry figure in the dramatic context and can only have been intended for the convenience of a singer who wished to invent his own embellishments. Monteverdi’s printed ornamentation demands exceptional virtuosity, but the figuration ( ex.2 ) is always organic, never mechanical; most telling of all, the absence of ornate decoration

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Harmony  

Richard Cohn, Brian Hyer, Carl Dahlhaus, Julian Anderson and Charles Wilson

sonores ), each of which is then taken and in turn transposed onto each of the component pitch classes of another segment, the product of the ‘multiplication’ consisting of all the pitches of each of these transpositions combined ( see Boulez, Pierre, §3 ). In practice the distinctiveness of the harmonic results obtained from multiplication depends on the intervallic constitution, and above all the density, of the harmonic objects in question. Where the sonorities being multiplied share a concentration of the same interval class, that concentration will be reinforced

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Jonathan King

wrote in a much-quoted letter that ‘in an opera the poetry must be altogether the obedient daughter of the music’. For much of the time in Mozart’s operas, though, while the poetry may be subservient to the music, both the poetry and the music (together with the text-setting practices that bind them together) are themselves subservient to the drama. This relationship was most fully worked out in the 19th and 20th centuries in writings by and about Wagner (for a discussion and extensive bibliography of word–music relations in opera see Trowell, in GroveO ). Though less

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James Webster

Webster : ‘The Bass Part in Haydn’s Early String Quartets’, MQ , 63 (1977), 390–424 R.J. Hoyt : The Bassline in Atonal Music: its Relationship to Melodic and Harmonic Structure (diss., U. of Pennsylvania, 1979) M. Cyr : ‘Basses and basse continue in the Orchestra of the Paris Opéra, 1700–1764’, EMc , 10 (1982), 155–70 W. Salmen , ed.: Kontrabass und Bassfunktion (Innsbruck, 1986) L. Dreyfus : Bach's Continuo Group: Players and Practices in his Vocal Works (Cambridge, MA, 1987) C.-H. Mahling : ‘Con o senza fagotto? Bemerkungen zur Besetzung der “Bassi”

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Ronald Lewcock, Rijn Pirn, Jürgen Meyer, Carleen M. Hutchins, J. Woodhouse, John C. Schelleng, Bernard Richardson, Daniel W. Martin, Arthur H. Benade, Murray Campbell, Thomas D. Rossing and Johan Sundberg

seating towards the stage act as acoustic reflectors, diffusing the sound effectively. The important influence of studies of ancient Greek theatres on the acoustical success of this opera house has been demonstrated by Izenour ( 1992 ). Section of the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 1876: from Sachs and Woodrow, ‘Modern Opera Houses and Theatres’, i (1896) Not all concert halls were acoustically satisfactory. The Royal Albert Hall ( 1871 ) in London was regarded as disastrous from its opening when ‘The Prince of Wales’ … welcoming address … in

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David Fuller

fugue ‘accompanies’ the subject, but in principle all the voices are equal and the countersubject may well be more prominent than the subject. In one sense, the added parts of a cantus firmus composition are an ‘accompaniment’, yet the pre-existing tune may be so stretched out and buried as to become less a melody than a kind of Schenkerian Urlinie . One might even postulate layers of accompanimental function, as for the Continuo accompaniment of the orchestral accompaniment of an opera. To discuss accompaniment in all its ramifications would be to write a history

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Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume, Jerome F. Weber, John Borwick and D.E.L. Shorter

significant. A few complete operas were recorded before World War I. In the early electrical era, many popular Italian operas were recorded in Milan by both HMV and Columbia, and some French operas in Paris. To keep the large sets affordable they were made without star singers and conductors and sold at a moderate price. From the beginning of the LP era operas recorded with the foremost singers and conductors became a feature of all the major record labels. The recorded repertory now ranges from newly composed operas to the lesser-known operas of Handel and the earliest

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M. Jennifer Bloxam

gaudiorum premia both employ a rigid plan in which all movements of the cycle are governed by the same rhythmic and melodic formulation of the cantus firmus (an extension of the isorhythmic structure of the motet), while the Mass Rex seculorum , attributed to both Power and Dunstaple, allows the tenor cantus firmus a different rhythmic disposition and melodic ornamentation in each movement. Ex.3 Varied paraphrase of a plainchant melody, Du Fay, Kyrie I from Missa ‘Ave regina celorum’. From Guillelmi Dufay opera omnia, ed. H. Besseler, CMMi/3 (1951), no.91

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Paul Griffiths, Mark Lindley and Ioannis Zannos

1920s onwards. Hába also used smaller intervals, particularly the sixth-tone, and wrote a great many microtonal works, from piano pieces and string quartets to a full-scale opera. The capacity of string instruments to play microtones is limited only by the player’s ear, but Hába’s music required the construction of special instruments, including quarter-tone pianos, harmonium, clarinet and trumpet, all made in the 1920s and 30s. In the 1950s Carrillo had pianos built to play in every integral division of the whole tone down to the sixteenth-tone. Ives and Vïshnegradsky

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Mark Lindley

Enharmonic Guitar’ (1829) The simplest way to provide all possible pure concords among the naturals of a keyboard instrument with fixed intonation is to have two Ds, one pure with F and A and the other, a comma higher, pure with G and B. (The concept of a diatonic scale in just intonation with two Ds a comma apart goes back to Lodovico Fogliano's Musica theorica , 1529 .) If this group of eight notes is then provided with a complement of ten chromatic notes each natural will have available all six of its possible triadic concords. This scheme was described

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Laurence Libin

wind instruments carries an aura of irrational, beastial behaviour. Reflecting this, Castiglione ( Il Cortegiano , 1528 ) recommended that men play recorders and flutes only privately and with tact and good judgement, especially in the presence of women, ‘for it is, after all, impossible to imagine all the things that can happen’. The danger of playing the aulos or bagpipe (at risk of hyperventilation and intoxication) is further exemplified by the myths of Marsyas and Dionysus. Equally ancient beliefs colour gender attitudes towards many instruments in Asia. In China

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Brian Hyer

who rules over the other harmonies and the dominant as his vassal, going before his liege to announce and prepare for his arrival, an idea he embroidered at considerable length. Momigny, in contrast, had earlier imagined the tonic as a queen: the tonic is ‘the purpose of all purposes, the end of all ends’, for ‘it is to her that the sceptre of the musical empire is entrusted’ ( Encyclopédie méthodique , 1818 ). Perhaps the most elaborate of these social simulacra, however, is one of the earliest. In Grundregeln zur Tonordnung insgemein ( 1755 ), Riepel compares the

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Lawrence E. Bennett

primi voli dell'aquila austriaca , a dramma da camera of which only the libretto is extant. He seems to have been the first to have used the term ‘cantata per camera’, and his cantatas were probably performed for occasional academic activities at Modena. He dedicated the chamber opera and madrigals, as well as Musico prattico , to Emperor Leopold I, which no doubt helped to prepare the way for the eventual engagement of both his sons at the Habsburg court. Four months after the death of his first wife, on 29 June 1677 , Bononcini married Barbara Agnese Tosatti