Volume 10, Number 2, June 2004
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New Dissertations


Jones, Jr. Melvin E. "Key Classes and Textural Dissonance: An Instrument-specific Study of the Idioms, Textures, and Structures of Selected Early Romantic Music for the Guitar (1799-1850)." Indiana University-Bloomington, August 2004.

AUTHOR: Jones, Jr. Melvin E


INSTITUTION: Indiana University

BEGUN: March 2002

COMPLETED: August 2004

ABSTRACT: This dissertation undertakes a variety of approaches, both traditional and new, to early Romantic music for the six-string guitar. Specifically, this dissertation explores the means by which the textural and registral limitations of the instrument itself result in a unique set of voice-leading and structural schemata, and how these schemata relate to the music for other instruments of the time. Of primary importance in this regard is the introduction of the key class, an original classification scheme introduced in Chapter IV, that studies modulation from an instrument-specific viewpoint. From the perspective of the key class, compositions can be understood in part through a narrative of textural dissonance and resolution, which often can amplify and elucidate the deeper tonal structural levels.
This focus of this dissertation is twofold: historical and analytical. Chapter II establishes the historical context for the instrument, its composers, and its music, paving the way for the analytical study that follows. Chapters III-VI comprise the analytical section, considering works for the guitar by composers such as Giuliani, Sor, and Legnani, both in solo and ensemble contexts. In many instances, isolated examples are taken, but several case studies, which view complete works, as representatives for the complete body of literature, are also undertaken.

KEYWORDS: texture, register, timbre, sonority, key class, modulation, guitar, Legnani, Giuliani

Chapter I Introduction
Chapter II The Instrument and Its Context
Chapter III Guitar Idioms: Register, Sonority, Texture, and Harmony
Chapter IV Modulation and Key Classes
Chapter V Instrument-Specific Analyses of Sonata Form: Issues with Key Class, Register, and Recapitulation
Chapter VI The Guitar in Ensemble Settings
Chapter VII Conclusion
Part One: Voice-Leading Analyses of Selected Works
Part Two: Complete Scores of Selected Works

M. Rusty Jones
138 Fine Arts Building
School of Music
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia MO 65211
phone: 573..884.4683
fax: 573.884.7444

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Karamahmutoglu, Gulay. "Hamparsum Notation Manuscripts at Istanbul Ataturk Library." ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory, December 1999.

AUTHOR: Gulay Karamahmutoglu

TITLE: Nr:1637 Hamparsum Notation Manuscripts at Istanbul Ataturk Library

INSTITUTION: ITU Institude of Social Science

BEGUN: 1997

COMPLETED: December 1999

ABSTRACT: Hamparsum Notation is a note writing system developed by Hamparsum Limonciyan (1768-1839) who was encouraged and demanded by Sultan Selim III. This system is technically bases on Khaz notation system, which used by the Ancient Armenian Church. Hamparsum notation has proved useful to thousands of compositions have been come down today.

This study regarding "Nr: 1637 Hamparsum Notation Manuscripts at Istanbul Ataturk Library" has been prepared to transform all compositions in this book into today's international musical notation system. A preliminary knowledge concerning the history and the development of the notation has been given as introduction. In chapter II, history, transcription and the use of Hamparsum Notation in Turkish Classical Music have been presented. The detailed knowledge about manuscripts, which formed the theme of this thesis, has been given in chapter III. And in chapter IV, a list of the compositions in manuscripts and the transcriptions of the notations have been taken part. An acquirement concerning manuscripts and the determinations have been given in conclusions. The original photocopies taken from manuscripts also exist in appendix section.

KEYWORDS: Hamparsum Notation, International Musical Notation System, Hamparsum Limonciyan, Turkish Classical Music, Manuscripts, Nr: 1637 Hamparsum Notation Manuscript, Khaz System of Ancient Armenian Church, Istanbul Ataturk Library

Volume 1




List of Figures and Forms

Turkish Summary

English Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Hamparsum notation and its usage in Turkish Music

Chapter 3: Nr: 1637 Hamparsum Notation Manuscripts at Istanbul Ataturk Library

Chapter 4: Transcriptions of the notations to today's musical notation system




Volume-2: Appendix

The photocopies of original manuscripts

Gulay Karamahmutoglu
ITU Turkish Music State Conservatory
Research Assist.


Address: ITU Turk Musikisi Devlet Konservatuari
Macka Kampusu

Tel: +902122931300 / 2639

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Manning, David J. "Harmony, Tonality and Structure in Vaughan Williams's Music." Cardiff University, December 2003.

AUTHOR: David J. Manning

TITLE: Harmony, Tonality and Structure in Vaughan Williams's Music

INSTITUTION: Cardiff University

BEGUN: October 2000

COMPLETED: December 2003

ABSTRACT: Many elements of and reflections on tonality are to be found in Vaughan Williamsís music: tonal centres are established and sustained, consonant triads are pervasive, and sonata form (a structure associated with tonality) is influential in the symphonies. But elements of the tonal system are also challenged: the diatonic scale is modified by modal alterations which affect the hierarchical relation of scale degrees, often consonant triads are not arranged according to the familiar patterns of functional harmony, and the closure of sonata form is compromised by the evasive epilogue ending of many movements and rotational structures. This music is not tonal or atonal, nor does it stand on any historical path between these two thoroughly theorised principles of pitch organisation. With no obvious single theoretical model at hand through which to explore Vaughan Williamsís music, this analysis engages with Schenkerian principles, Neo-Riemannian theory, and the idea of sonata deformation, interpreting selected extracts from various works in detail. Elements of coherence and local unities are proposed, yet disruptions, ambiguities, subversions, and distancing frames all feature at different stages. These are a challenge to the specific principle of organisation in question; sometimes they also raise concerns for the engagement of theory with this repertoire in general. At such points, meta-theoretical issues arise, while the overall focus remains on the analytical understanding of Vaughan Williamsís music.

More information is available at

KEYWORDS: vaughan williams, Neo-Riemannian, Schenker, sonata deformation, analysis

David J. Manning
70 Silverhurst Drive
Kent TN10 3QH
United Kingdom
07762 902043

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