[Smt-talk] Altered pitch, preserved contour

A.Ockelford at roehampton.ac.uk A.Ockelford at roehampton.ac.uk
Wed May 20 06:18:39 PDT 2009

'Intervallic augmentation'?


Adam Ockelford

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From: smt-talk-bounces at societymusictheory.org [smt-talk-bounces at societymusictheory.org] On Behalf Of Richard Lewis [richardlewis at fastmail.co.uk]
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Subject: [Smt-talk] Altered pitch, preserved contour

Can anyone think if there's an accepted term to describe the
phenomenon where some musical material is stretched in pitch (making
the intervals bigger but preserving the contour). The first thing that
comes to mind is 'augmentation', but this is usually only applied to
rhythmic alteration.

I suspect that, as this phenomenon is not common in the Western canon,
it may have escaped categorisation by the early C20th arbiters of
music theory. Though I'd be happy to be proved wrong.

Best wishes,
Richard Lewis
ISMS, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
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