Shenkerian Analysis Of Tonal Music

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Heinrich Schenker is clearly the most influential composer of tonal music, specifically for his creation of Schenkerian analysis. Shenkerian analysis is a method used to analyze tonal music, where the main goal is to understand the purpose of the work. Tonal space is probably the most fundamental concept of Shenkerian analysis. The intervals between triads form tonal spaces which can contain neighboring and passing tones, which are open for further expansion until the entirety of the composition is reached. Although Schenker usually began from the fundamental structure to reach the score, Schenkerian analysis tends to demonstrate how the score can be reduced to form a fundamental structure. Schenkerian analysis is subjective. The fundamental…show more content…, but about demonstrating how each work can elaborate a very similar…show more content…
Schenker has made his motto: "always the same, but never in the same manner". Graphic representations are extremely important to Schenkerian analysis. Schenkerian graphs are based on a "hierarchic" idea, where the size of the notes and their rhythmic values indicate their importance to the overall structure. Schenker, in the Foreword to his Five Graphic Analyses, claimed that "the presentation in graphic form has now been developed to a point that makes an explanatory text unnecessary". Even so, Schenkerian graphs display a shift from music into its graphical representation. However, this shift already exists in the actual musical score, and Schenker has only realized the connection between music and analysis. Rhythmic reduction of the first measures of Chopin's Study op. 10 n. 1. The first step of rewriting is a “rhythmic” reduction, or one that preserves the score but simplifies the rhythm. Rhythmic reduction assists in reading the voice-leading: Czerny's example totally transforms Chopin's arpeggios into only four (or five)

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