Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nonfunctional Parsimony and Tonal Ambiguity in the Late Lieder of Franz Liszt
by Seguin, Abigail L., M.M., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 126; 1557576
Abstract (Summary)

The first two chapters of this study explore Mehrdeutigkeit and parsimonious, non-functional voice leading of augmented triads, fully diminished seventh chords, and half-diminished seventh chords in the late Lieder of Franz Liszt. These techniques utilize varying numbers of common tone retention to create surface level ambiguity. Examples of this motion are extracted from the Lieder, and presented along with a discussion of how the chords function on the musical surface. In Chapter 3, these chords are paired with the concept of directional tonality and a variety of prolongational techniques to discuss deeper structural ambiguity in the selected late Lieder. Polyfocal analysis, a method of Schenkerian analysis, is employed to depict the prolongational techniques and how all of these elements function together to create tonal ambiguity. Lastly, the revisions of two different Lieder are discussed to show the change in Liszt's compositional approach later in his career.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steinbron, Matthew
Commitee: Kulp, Jonathan, Loewy, Andrea, Roche-Wallace, Catherine
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Keywords: Ambiguity, Lieder, Liszt, Parsimony, Polyfocal
Publication Number: 1557576
ISBN: 978-1-303-95140-4
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