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Graf, Benjamin S. An Analytical Study of Paradox and Structural Dualism in the Music
of Ludwig Van Beethoven. Doctor of Philosophy (Music Theory), May 2016, 254 pp., 107
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Beethoven's rich compositional language evokes unique problems that have fueled
scholarly dialogue for many years. My analyses focus on two types of paradoxes as central
compositional problems in some of Beethoven's symphonic pieces and piano sonatas. My
readings of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 27 (Op. 90), Symphony No. 4 (Op. 60), and
Symphony No. 8 (Op. 93) explore the nature and significance of paradoxical unresolved
six-four chords and their impact on tonal structure. I consider formal-tonal paradoxes in
Beethoven's Tempest Sonata (Op. 31, No. 2), Ninth Symphony (Op. 125), and Overture die
Weihe des Hauses (Op. 124). Movements that evoke formal-tonal paradoxes retain the
structural framework of a paradigmatic interrupted structure, but contain unique voice-
leading features that superimpose an undivided structure on top of the "residual"
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Graf, Benjamin Stewart. An Analytical Study of Paradox and Structural Dualism in the Music of Ludwig van Beethoven, dissertation, May 2016; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc849697/m1/2/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .