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Experiencing Structure in Penderecki’s Threnody: Analysis, Ear-Training, and Musical Understanding

Mariusz S. Kozak

Title:
Experiencing Structure in Penderecki’s Threnody: Analysis, Ear-Training, and Musical Understanding
Author(s):
Kozak, Mariusz S.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Music
Volume:
38
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Book/Journal Title:
Music Theory Spectrum
Abstract:
Elliott Carter once extolled the visceral, primitive effect of Penderecki’s Threnody on untrained listeners. In this article, I examine how a formalized analytical approach to the central section of the piece contributes positively to a phenomenological experience of the whole piece. Part 1 presents an ear-training progression aimed at bringing to attention some important structural relationships between pitched elements of the passage, including pitch-space transformations that act on chordal-density compressions. Part 2 initially questions the relevance of transformational analysis––construed as an enactment of a particular kind of understanding––to the experience of Threnody, ultimately favoring a transformational hearing of the work. The conclusion points out how a rationalized ear-training allows a listener to chart an auditory course through the passage and how the resulting experience can illuminate a new way of conceptualizing Penderecki’s intricate sonic materials.
Subject(s):
Musical analysis
Musical pitch
Ear training
Music
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1093/mts/mtw015
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Suggested Citation:
Mariusz S. Kozak, , Experiencing Structure in Penderecki’s Threnody: Analysis, Ear-Training, and Musical Understanding, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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