Using post-tonal analytical techniques for a better performance of Ida Gotkovsky's Quatour de saxophones

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Amanda M. Heim (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Steven Stusek

Abstract: This document analyzes Gotkovsky's Quatour de Saxophones from a post-tonal perspective, focusing on performance-related decisions. Because much of the repertoire for chamber ensembles, particularly saxophone quartet, is recently composed, traditional analytical techniques grounded in functional harmony often fail to provide clarity with regard to harmony or form on both the small and the large scale. This dissertation addresses the need for performers to approach chamber music from an analytical perspective, using Quatour as a case study. It does not seek to employ a single analytical method; rather, different techniques address different components of the music. Post-tonal triadic analysis, pitch-class and beat-class analysis, as well as other post-tonal approaches to harmony, rhythm, and form, help to inform both interpretive choices as well as improve ensemble intonation.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Chamber Music, Ida Gotkovsky, Pedagogy, Performance Practice, Saxophone, Saxophone Quartet
Gotkovsky, Ida. $t Quartets, $m Saxophones
Musical analysis

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