The Piece as a Whole: Studies in Holistic Musical Analysis

The Piece as a Whole: Studies in Holistic Musical Analysis

by Hugh Aitken


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Designed to serve music students at the college level, this informal approach to music theory relates the technical aspects of music with the expressive character of the art. The approach is holistic in the sense that it focuses on the interrelationships between the piece as heard by a socially conditioned listener and the notated, performed score: it aims to bridge the gap between the technical and expressive aspects of music. The composers addressed are: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, Debussy, and Schoenberg. There are separate chapters on the problems of meaning in music and on the interdependence of aesthetic and ethical value-judgments. This novel and exciting approach to music theory will be a welcome addition to the musical analysis literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313300615
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Series: Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance Series , #45
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)

About the Author

HUGH AITKEN recently retired as Professor of Music at The William Paterson College of New Jersey. He studied composition at The Juilliard School and taught there from 1950 to 1970. He is the composer of over eighty works. His publishers include Oxford University Press, Theodore Presser Co., and ECS Music.

Table of Contents



Chopin: Prelude No. 7 in A Major

The Split Fifth: A Cautionary Tale

Chopin: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor

Meaning in Music

Some Mozart Excerpts

Beethoven: Fifth Symphony

Three Beethoven Excerpts

Aesthetics: Aesthetics Meets Ethics

Two Schumann Songs and a Bit of Brahms

J. S. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I

Wagner: Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

The Analysis of Twentieth-Century Music

Suggestions for Further Reading


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