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Exploring complementation in Bartók’s Third Quartet.

Mawer, Deborah (2007) Exploring complementation in Bartók’s Third Quartet. Music Theory Online, 13 (4).

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Despite, on the one hand, a healthy if circumscribed tradition of Bartók music studies and, on the other, a continuing analytical concern with notions of complementation and contrast, I argue that these two domains have not been brought together to full effect, and that doing so can significantly enhance a reading of Bartók’s Third Quartet of 1927. In this setting, complementation applies not only to sets and pitches, but also to modes and, more broadly interpreted, to parameters such as texture, rhythm and form. Complementation across several parameters, or at different levels of significance, may operate as a multi-faceted complex which serves to heighten, or on occasion diffuse, tensions in the music.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Music Theory Online
Additional Information: 8,000 words
Uncontrolled Keywords: complementation ; post-tonal theory ; set theory ; Bartók ; quartet
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 54467
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 May 2012 12:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 10:58
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