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Title:Rhetoric and Resistance in the Music of Elliott Carter
Author(s):McManus, James Michael
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This paper investigated links between surface and deep structures in Elliott Carter's 1980 piece for solo piano, Night Fantasies. A specific harmonic structure, comprised of 12-note all-interval chords, was described in detail. At the same time, the rhetoric of the music's surface was investigated, and the roles of fast and slow layers of music in effecting a background/foreground shift were discussed. Carter's ideas about serialism were reviewed in order to understand the composer's own aesthetic in the application of abstract ordering systems. The investigation concludes that neither rhetoric nor the harmonic deep structure dominates the other; rather, the interaction of the rhetorical surface and the deep structure was found to be the essential characterizing feature of the piece.
Issue Date:1988
Description:125 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1988.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8908775
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1988

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