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The Chromatic Fourth During Four Centuries of Music

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The Chromatic Fourth During Four Centuries of Music by Peter Williams
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Despite its rather forbidding name, the 'Chromatic Fourth' is one of the most familiar short themes in virtually all western music over the four hundred years before the middle of our century. It is a sequence of six notes that can be heard in a huge variety of ways, most originally, effectively, and beautifully in the work of the greatest composers, from the madrigalists to Stravinsky, from Byrd to Bartok, with telling examples in the operas of Monteverdi, Mozart, and Wagner, or in the keyboard music of Bull, Bach, and Schubert. Although the existence of the chromatic fourth has long been recognized, and occasionally mentioned by music historians, this is the first thorough-going attempt to trace its likely origins and its evolution over four hundred years. With over 200 music examples, Peter Williams demonstrates the theme's wonderful variety, and shows that it was used by composers not only as a means of emotional expression, but also as a structural device.
Release date NZ
March 12th, 1998
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
music examples throughout
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
272
Dimensions
162x242x19
ISBN-13
9780198165637
Product ID
2245234

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