Can Harmony Be Non–Linear? Issues in Microtonal Composition and Perception in Response to Glenn Branca’s ‘25 Questions’

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    Abstract

    Can harmony be non-linear? This is the question which New York composer Glenn Branca has posed in relation to the potential for new developments in the role of harmony in contemporary music. The question will be investigated in relation to a discussion of the characteristics of more traditional conceptions of harmony. The discussion will first focus on aspects which could be considered to be ‘linear’ along with a brief survey of changing approaches to harmony in Western music history. This will be followed by a survey of possibilities for the construction of harmony based on principles of non-linearity in terms of temporal, textural and pitch elements. These possibilities will be discussed with reference to experimental compositions and compositional approaches.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    PublisherSociety for Musicology in Ireland
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2008
    EventSociety for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference 2008 - Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
    Duration: 5 May 2008 → …
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    Conference

    ConferenceSociety for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference 2008
    Period5/05/08 → …
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    Keywords

    • harmony
    • microtonal
    • music
    • theory
    • structure
    • perception
    • non-linear
    • memory

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