Rhythmic Games in J.S. Bach's Sinfonia No. 15 for keyboard
Fall 1994. Opening paragraph:
of threes, presented on many levels of duration, vie
for our attention throughout the last of Bach's three-part
Sinfonien. Though the game of nested threes is the most
engrossing, other striking devices flash out: magnification
of a unit by whole number factors, metric shift and
superimposition, hemiola and palindrome. How are these
games initiated and how do the interrelate?
A Zuni Squaw Dance: When language and time change roles.
of a recorded Squaw Dance, revealing very complex metric
patterns, and a cogent large-scale structure.
at Wheaton College and New England Conservatory.
Inroads for analysis: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard
Boom'd by Roger Sessions.
Lilacs cantata, finished in 1970, "may prove to
be the essential American requiem of the 20th century".
Analysis of temporal proportions reveals "Sessions'
masterful hand in laying out his cantata's divisions".
Pitch analysis shows a surprising "trinity of serial
technique, the harmonic fragrance of the whole-tone
collection and acceptance of the memories of tonal implications".
its premiere in 1971, I was involved in the auditions,
rehearsals and performances of the work. . .as the
performances were given, there was the sensation of
eloquent mastery; that all the difficulties were deliberate
at a joint conference of the Roger Sessions Society
and The College Music Society, North Carolina, 1996.
From Landscape to Soundscape.
"The lion's roar is to silence what the shooting star is to the dark of the night."
- Laurens van der Post
We yearn to hear what we have seen, and to see what we have heard. This essay studies music about the world outdoors, such as Debussy's La Mer and Beethoven's Sixth Symphony. These compositions translate sights into sounds. Working in the other direction, the essay describes the use of sound spectrographs to translate musical sound into visible graphs.
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