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Reconstructing tonal principles in the music of Brad Mehldau


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This study reconstructs tonal principles in selected works of New York jazz composer and pianist Brad Mehldau through a combination of analytical approaches, including Schenkerian analysis, which are informed by his writings and stylistic characteristics. The contrapuntal idiosyncrasies that have come to define Mehldau as a composer and performer suggest the applicability of Schenkerian analytical techniques. Mehldau's expressed interests in classical norms and a linear approach motivates the analysis of contrapuntal frameworks in terms of consonant-dissonant requirements pursued in this study. The analyses demonstrate the central role of traditional triadic harmony in dissonance resolution, Mehldau's characteristic means of employing melodically directed motion and, ultimately, the large-scale forms of goal-orientation that correspond to the "beginning-middle-end" schemes fundamental to Schenkerian theory. Primary works analyzed are featured in Mehldau's Art of the Trio, Volume 3: Songs (1998), including Sehnsucht, Unrequited, and Convalescent, among other works and arrangements. That rich analytical results are available through a Schenkerian perspective draws attention to significant problems in work that seeks to apply traditional tonal analysis to other jazz music.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Music
Classification
0413: Music
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Jazz; Mehldau, Brad; Schenkerian analysis; Tonality
Title
Reconstructing tonal principles in the music of Brad Mehldau
Author
Arthurs, Daniel J.
Number of pages
234
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124659398
Advisor
Samarotto, Frank
Committee member
Adams, Kyle; Gillespie, Luke; Kielian-Gilbert, Marianne; Satyendra, Ramon
University/institution
Indiana University
Department
Music Theory
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3456438
ProQuest document ID
872521876
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/872521876
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