Just Intonation and the Revitalization of Neoclassicism: Three Works for Baroque Instruments

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For a composer of today, the relationship between new music and music from many centuries past remains problematic. In order to create something new, it is necessary to go beyond previous techniques of composition in some way. At the same time, new music that has no connection with music of the past runs the risk of irrelevance. Just tuning offers one possibility for reconciling this problem. By effectively warping music of the past through the lens of altered tuning and contemporary composition techniques, music of the past may be understood in previously unknown ways. Part I, the critical essay, presents ... continued below

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Figg, Graham Elliot May 2008.

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For a composer of today, the relationship between new music and music from many centuries past remains problematic. In order to create something new, it is necessary to go beyond previous techniques of composition in some way. At the same time, new music that has no connection with music of the past runs the risk of irrelevance. Just tuning offers one possibility for reconciling this problem. By effectively warping music of the past through the lens of altered tuning and contemporary composition techniques, music of the past may be understood in previously unknown ways. Part I, the critical essay, presents historical background and analysis of a cycle of three works in altered/just tuning. Part II presents scores of the works.

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Figg, Graham Elliot. Just Intonation and the Revitalization of Neoclassicism: Three Works for Baroque Instruments, thesis, May 2008; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6113/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .