Staff View
Mendelssohn's small ternary forms in Songs without words, Op. 19: a quantitative analysis

Descriptive

TitleInfo
Title
Mendelssohn's small ternary forms in Songs without words, Op. 19: a quantitative analysis
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Kotler
NamePart (type = given)
Jonathan
DisplayForm
Jonathan Kotler
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
author
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Aldridge
NamePart (type = given)
Robert
DisplayForm
Robert Aldridge
Affiliation
Advisory Committee
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
chair
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Ordway
NamePart (type = given)
Scott
DisplayForm
Scott Ordway
Affiliation
Advisory Committee
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
internal member
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Kemper
NamePart (type = given)
Steven
DisplayForm
Steven Kemper
Affiliation
Advisory Committee
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
internal member
Name (type = personal)
NamePart (type = family)
Ott
NamePart (type = given)
Daniel
DisplayForm
Daniel Ott
Affiliation
Advisory Committee
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
outside member
Name (type = corporate)
NamePart
Rutgers University
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
degree grantor
Name (type = corporate)
NamePart
School of Graduate Studies
Role
RoleTerm (authority = RULIB)
school
TypeOfResource
Text
Genre (authority = marcgt)
theses
Genre (authority = ExL-Esploro)
ETD doctoral
OriginInfo
DateCreated (qualifier = exact); (encoding = w3cdtf); (keyDate = yes)
2021
DateOther (type = degree); (qualifier = exact); (encoding = w3cdtf)
2021-01
CopyrightDate (encoding = w3cdtf); (qualifier = exact)
2020
Language
LanguageTerm (authority = ISO 639-3:2007); (type = text)
English
Abstract (type = abstract)
While descriptive analysis affords interpretive flexibility, a properly conceived quantitative framework can enhance understanding by enabling the precise measurement and comparison of musical phenomena, the statistical evaluation of numerous phenomenal instances and relationships, and data visualization for pattern detection and communication. This study presents such a framework and uses it to analyze Felix Mendelssohn’s small ternary forms in Songs Without Words, Op. 19.

This study builds upon and extends William Caplin’s theory of formal functions. It does so by adding three main analytical tools to Caplin’s framework: 1) a conception of a unit’s form-functional efficiency that enables its precise measurement, 2) a quantitative theory of a formal unit’s tonal stability as expressed by its harmonic progression, and 3) a quantitative theory of a formal unit’s symmetry of grouping structure.

This methodology reveals the dominant design tendencies of Mendelssohn’s small ternary organization in Op. 19. First, he favors a tighter, or more stable, exposition than contrasting middle 42.9% of the time. Next, 50% of the time, Mendelssohn crafts a tighter exposition than recapitulation. Finally, he designs a looser, or less stable, contrasting middle than recapitulation 42.9% of the time.

In this paper, I also examine Mendelssohn’s small ternary practice in relation to Caplin’s classical model of small ternary organization. The organization of Op. 19/2 and three factors—cadential design, thematic design, and grouping-structure symmetry—feature a relatively high frequency of conformity to Caplin’s model; the other pieces, the other factors, and the composite sectional relationships do not.

Beyond contributing to an understanding of Mendelssohn’s small ternary organization in Op. 19, one can use the quantitative framework I present in this paper to enhance an understanding of other musical phenomena, including the evaluation of other composers’ formal units and the larger forms that they constitute.
Subject (authority = local)
Topic
Form
Subject (authority = RUETD)
Topic
Music
RelatedItem (type = host)
TitleInfo
Title
Rutgers University Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Identifier (type = RULIB)
ETD
Identifier
ETD_11367
PhysicalDescription
Form (authority = gmd)
InternetMediaType
application/pdf
InternetMediaType
text/xml
Extent
1 online resource (vii, 157 pages) : illustrations
Note (type = degree)
Ph.D.
Note (type = bibliography)
Includes bibliographical references
Subject
Name (authority = LCNAF)
NamePart (type = personal)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. -- Lieder ohne Worte, piano, op. 19b
RelatedItem (type = host)
TitleInfo
Title
School of Graduate Studies Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Identifier (type = local)
rucore10001600001
Location
PhysicalLocation (authority = marcorg); (displayLabel = Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
NjNbRU
Identifier (type = doi)
doi:10.7282/t3-9yj3-3489
Back to the top

Rights

RightsDeclaration (ID = rulibRdec0006)
The author owns the copyright to this work.
RightsHolder (type = personal)
Name
FamilyName
Kotler
GivenName
Jonathan
Role
Copyright Holder
RightsEvent
Type
Permission or license
DateTime (encoding = w3cdtf); (qualifier = exact); (point = start)
2020-12-21 13:43:19
AssociatedEntity
Name
Jonathan Kotler
Role
Copyright holder
Affiliation
Rutgers University. School of Graduate Studies
AssociatedObject
Type
License
Name
Author Agreement License
Detail
I hereby grant to the Rutgers University Libraries and to my school the non-exclusive right to archive, reproduce and distribute my thesis or dissertation, in whole or in part, and/or my abstract, in whole or in part, in and from an electronic format, subject to the release date subsequently stipulated in this submittal form and approved by my school. I represent and stipulate that the thesis or dissertation and its abstract are my original work, that they do not infringe or violate any rights of others, and that I make these grants as the sole owner of the rights to my thesis or dissertation and its abstract. I represent that I have obtained written permissions, when necessary, from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis or dissertation and will supply copies of such upon request by my school. I acknowledge that RU ETD and my school will not distribute my thesis or dissertation or its abstract if, in their reasonable judgment, they believe all such rights have not been secured. I acknowledge that I retain ownership rights to the copyright of my work. I also retain the right to use all or part of this thesis or dissertation in future works, such as articles or books.
Copyright
Status
Copyright protected
Availability
Status
Open
Reason
Permission or license
Back to the top

Technical

RULTechMD (ID = TECHNICAL1)
ContentModel
ETD
OperatingSystem (VERSION = 5.1)
windows xp
CreatingApplication
Version
1.4
ApplicationName
Mac OS X 10.9.5 Quartz PDFContext
DateCreated (point = end); (encoding = w3cdtf); (qualifier = exact)
2020-11-15T19:13:32
DateCreated (point = end); (encoding = w3cdtf); (qualifier = exact)
2020-11-15T19:13:32
Back to the top
Version 8.3.13
Rutgers University Libraries - Copyright ©2021