Grundgestalt, multi-piece, and intertextuality in Brahams's opp. 117, 118, and 119
Leigh, Martin (1998) Grundgestalt, multi-piece, and intertextuality in Brahams's opp. 117, 118, and 119. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Schoenberg's notion of the Grundgestalt is one which has fascinated and intrigued analysts, theorists, and aestheticians alike. However, until the very end of his life, Schoenberg was reluctant to provide an absolute definition for Grundgestalt, and subsequent commentators have attempted multifarious deployments of the term, with various degrees of success. This thesis attempts a new examination and definition of the Grundgestalt, based upon a reconciliation of Schoenberg's writings with modern music theory. This locates the Grundgestalt as a median point between specific motivic structure of a given piece and the more generalised attributes of voice leading: providing a new and powerful method of interrogating generative structure.
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