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6th November, 2019

Drive in Chromatic Harmony

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6th November, 2019
17:30 - 19:30
College Building
City, University of London
St John Street

This paper explores a new methodology for simplifying complex harmonic structures from the turn of the twentieth century. Through an examination of Szymanowski’s Third Symphony I draw a map of what I term the harmonic “drives” in dense chromatic tonal language.

This map shows the contradictory directions in which such harmonies can push, based on the propensity of a simple dominant chord to push towards a tonic.

Kenneth Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Liverpool. His first book, Skryabin, Philosophy and the Music of Desire, was published in 2013, and his next book – Desire in Chromatic Harmony (OUP) is due out before Christmas 2019. In addition to music theory of early twentieth century music, he has published on the theory and analysis of popular music.

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