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.
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|Publisher||Society for Musicology in Ireland|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 5 May 2008|
|Event||Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference 2008 - Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland|
Duration: 5 May 2008 → …
|Conference||Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference 2008|
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