Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Centrifugal Transformations and Referential Collections in the Music of Fauré, Debussy, and Lili Boulanger
by Kiple, Matthew Rule, Ph.D., Temple University, 2020, 282; 27740568
Abstract (Summary)

In this dissertation, I systematize transformations among chords, referential collections, and their constituent subsets, as exemplified in analyses of music by Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Lili Boulanger. I characterize the effect of these transformations by supplanting notions of consonance and dissonance with a physics metaphor—the dichotomy and interdependence of centripetal and centrifugal force—to emphasize transformational processes over synchronic constructs, particularly notions of distance. Drawing from intercardinal voice-leading principles of transformational theory and graphical models of neo-Riemannian theory, I demystify harmonic/tonal practices salient in early twentieth-century French music, connect such practices with those of preceding tonal/evolutionary stages, and posit the effect of these practices in a way that reflects their intrinsically diachronic, centrifugal nature. I ultimately offer what I call “Collection Space”—a parsimonious intercardinal voice-leading space for maximally and nearly even sets—as a representative transformational space of French scalar tonality, analogized with the pan-triadic and Tristan-genus systems. My findings yield a revitalized approach to analyzing works by Debussy and Fauré as well as provide a rigorous analytical account of Lili Boulanger’s music hitherto unexplored.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Folio, Cynthia
Commitee: Latham, Edward D., Klein, Michael L., Straus, Joseph N.
School: Temple University
Department: Music Theory
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music theory
Keywords: Boulanger, Collection, Debussy, Fauré, French, Transformation
Publication Number: 27740568
ISBN: 9798645485610
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