In recent decades, increased specialization has sharply separated music theory from historical musicology. Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past brings together a group of essays--written by theorists and musicologists--that seek to bridge this gap. This collection shows that music theory can join forces with historical musicology to produce a more humanistic form of musical scholarship. In nineteen essays dealing with musical theories from the twelfth to the twentieth century, two recurring themes emerge. One is the need to understand the historical circumstances of the writing and reception of theory, a humanistic approach that gives theory a place within social and intellectual history. The other is the advantages of applying contemporaneous theory to the music of a given period, thus linking theory to the history of musical styles and structures. The periods given principal attention in these essays are the Renaissance, the years around 1800, and the twentieth century. Abundantly illustrated with musical examples, Music Theory and the Exploration of the Past offers models of new practical applications of theory to the analysis of music.
At the same time, it raises the broader question of how historical knowledge can deepen the understanding of an art and of systematic writings about that art.
Introduction Christopher Hatch and David W. Bernstein 1 Music Theory and Its Histories Thomas Christensen 2 The Earliest Phases of Measured Polyphony Ernest H. Sanders 3 Modal Strategies in Okeghem's Missa Cuiusvis Toni Leeman L. Perkins 4 Finding the Soggetto in Willaert's Free Imitative Counterpoint: A Step in Modal Analysis Benito V. Rivera 5 Mode and Counterpoint Peter N. Schubert 6 The Cavalier Ercole Bottrigari and His Brickbats: Prolegomena to the Defense of Don Nicola Vicentino against Messer Gandolfo Sigonio Maria Rika Maniates 7 Theory as Polemic: Mutio Effrem's Censure . . . sopra il sesto libro de madrigali de Marco da Galiano Edmond Strainchamps 8 The Place of Aesthetics in Theoretical Treatises on Music Edward A. Lippman 9 Chromaticism in Classical Music James M. Baker 10 Momigny's Type de la Musique and a Treatise in the Making Ian Bent 11 Normality and Disruption in Beethoven's Bagatelle Op. 119, No. 8 Christopher Hatch 12 Coda as Culmination: The First Movement of the "Eroica" Symphony Robert P. Morgan 13 Symmetry and Symmetrical Inversion in Turn-of-the-Century Theory and Practice David W. Bernstein 14 Schoenberg and Goethe: Organicism and Analysis Severine Neff 15 The Contrapuntal Combination: Schoenberg's Old Hat P. Murray Dineen 16 The "New Education" and Music Theory, 1900-1925 Lee A. Rothfarb 17 Harmony as a Determinant of Structure in Webern's Variations for Orchestra Graham H. Phipps 18 "The Fantasy Can Be Critically Examined": Composition and Theory in the Thought of Stefan Wolpe Austin Clarkson 19 The Traditions Revisited: Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles as Russian Music Richard Taruskin