On non-chord tone generalized interval systems in music analysis

  • Author / Creator
    Miersma, Christopher
  • Non-chord tone generalized interval systems are a music theoretical tool for analyzing the roles and functions of non-chord tones in music, independent of the methods used to label non-chord tones. Based on David Lewin's GIS, they provide a way to conceptualize changes in textural and motivic patterns of non-chord tones in terms of intervals. The formal framework of transformational theory also provides a number of analytical tools that can be adapted to the analysis of non-chord tones, as well as the capacity to develop new specialized analytical tools to fit analytical requirements. As a practical demonstration of the potential of non-chord tone generalized interval systems and some related transformations, two analytical essays are included: a statistical analysis of Mozart's variations on “Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman,” K. 265, and a motivic analysis of Brahms's String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, op. 51, no. 2.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Music
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Klumpenhouwer, Henry (Music)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Cliff, Gerald (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
    • Bor, Mustafa (Music)