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Harmony and Counterpoint in the Ligeti Etudes, Book I

Title: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Ligeti Etudes, Book I: An Analysis and Performance Guide.
Name(s): Quinnett, Lawrence, author
Gainsford, Read, professor directing treatise
Jones, Evan Allan, university representative
Kalhous, David, committee member
Williams, Heidi, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This treatise investigates the harmonic and contrapuntal features of Études pour piano, premier livre (1985) by Hungarian composer György Ligeti. All six etudes undergo chordal and intervallic analysis, revealing Ligeti's preference for tertian consonance and patterns of traditionally tonal vertical structures placed within a tonally non-functional syntax. In each etude dissonance is shown to be clearly regulated, used to convey various facets of musical expression like tension, humor, emphasis, or disarray. This treatise also briefly examines Ligeti's varied approaches to layering melodies in each etude, with an emphasis on the musical role of each voice. In addition, the ramifications for performance are addressed, along with suggestions for overcoming technical and interpretative difficulties. A thorough understanding of harmonic and contrapuntal function is shown to influence interpretative decisions in subtle yet significant ways.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8873 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 19, 2014.
Keywords: Counterpoint, Etudes, Harmony, Ligeti, Performance, Piano
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Read Gainsford, Professor Directing Treatise; Evan Allan Jones, University Representative; David Kalhous, Committee Member; Heidi Williams, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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