Audacious Euphony reconstructs this view and uses it as the basis for a chromatic model of triadic space, developing geometric representations from blueprints. Review of Richard Cohn, Audacious Euphony: Chromaticism and the Triad’s Second Nature (Oxford University Press, ). Audacious Euphony has 22 ratings and 0 reviews. Music theorists have long believed that 19th-century triadic progressions idiomatically extend the diaton.

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Post-structuralist musicologists have challenged this belief, Patrick marked it as to-read May 18, It will become an indispensible source for future research. Cohn begins by outlining a previous approach of his own Cohn and of Steven Rings as starting points, ultimately finding them not completely adequate.

Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: He does not, eulhony Riemann himself might have, claim that dualist nomenclature reveals a deeper musical truth of inversional equivalence; instead he makes a purely formal argument that dualist transformations reflect the fact that voice-leading distance is independent of direction.

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Audacious Euphony: Chromatic Harmony and the Triad’s Second Nature

Chapter One Mapping the Triadic Universe. Frank marked it as to-read Jan 13, This model leads to cogent analyses both of particular compositions and of historical trends across the long nineteenth century. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Chris marked it as to-read Feb 18, This two-front strategy comes across as non-committal, because the two ways of dealing with seventh chords are incompatible, implying that one uadacious choose the approach based on the demands of the music at hand. Adam marked it as to-read Jan 22, Consonant triads are thus overdetermined, as they are also independently the acoustic optimizers of classical theory.


A companion website presents fuphony scores, analytical animations, and audio files.

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Essential reading for music theorists, Audacious Euphony is also a valuable resource for music historians, performers and composers.

In preparation is a general model of meter with applications for European, African, and African-diasporic music, and a co-edited collection on David Lewin’s phenomenological writings. Trivia About Audacious Euphony Auudacious theorists have long believed that 19th-century triadic progressions idiomatically extend the diatonic syntax of 18th-century classical tonality, and have accordingly unified the two repertories under a single mode of representation.

The difference is best illustrated in chapters 5 and 6, with mostly foreground analyses in the former and background in the latter. Cohn edits the Oxford Studies in Music Theory series.

Post-structuralist musicologists have challenged this belief, advancing the view that many romantic triadic progressions exceed the reach of classical syntax and are mobilized as the result of a transgressive, anti-syntactic impulse. Print Save Cite Email Share.

Audacious Euphony – Richard Cohn – Oxford University Press

The model generalizes to apply to relations among Tristan-genus seventh chords, due to their structural homologies with triads. Don’t have an account? Bibliographic Information Print publication date: The first is by deletion of dissonant notes.

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In doing so, he shows that major and minor triads have two distinct natures: The writing is vivid and engaging, the musical close readings are rich and compelling in their detail, and at every turn there is something new to learn about music and musical materials we had thought we already knew well. However, one arm of the analogy notably fails to surface: Alexander rated it it was amazing Jul 25, They are of limited applicability since they require isolated passages built out of a purely chromatic logic and avoiding dissonant chords, but such analyses can be quite convincing in their restricted scope because they provide a relatively comprehensive account.

These last three chapters are more mixed, and on average more tentative, than the preceding. Subscriber Login Email Address. Chris Shaver marked it as to-read May 20, Ben rated it liked it Sep 10, Yet the superficial impression that Cohn might simply be consolidating his legacy of transformational approaches to chromatic harmony by collecting fifteen audackous worth of work in one volume turns out to be wholly inaccurate.

Jack Bussert marked it as to-read Feb 15, Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Chapter Six Navigating the Triadic Universe: But Cohn largely eschews the four-note Tonnetzwhich cannot eupbony realized in two dimensions.