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THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE MOTIVE

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ANDREW SCHARTMANN in conversation
with Canadian composer Alan Belkin

 

Motivic analysis figures prominently in writings about music. At best, it offers a fascinating perspective on the process of musical development; at worst, it amounts to little more than a childlike exercise in cloud watching. Since the method is so accessible — motives are often easy to see and hear — it draws considerable attention from academics and popular writers alike. Unfortunately, for the very same reason, it also draws highly speculative and tenuous conclusions when placed in the hands of the less discerning...

Copyright © 25 November 2013 Andrew Schartmann,
Connecticut USA

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ALAN BELKIN

CANADA

DONALD FRANCIS TOVEY

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

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