[Smt-talk] Readings for Master's Students

Walt Everett weverett at umich.edu
Wed Dec 7 11:47:06 PST 2011

In regard to Deborah Stein's request for essays that serve as good entries to research areas, I would highly recommend Poundie Burstein's brief chapter in the Festschrift for Carl Schachter, Structure and Meaning in Tonal Music (2006).  The essay is both poetic and profound in presenting the aims, the spirit, and some of the technique of Schenkerian analysis.  Departing from a Wordsworth poem that questions the value of rational modernism as a departiure from the (wilder) natural world, Burstein's analysis of Mendelssohn's "Venetian Gondolied" considers an analyst's approach to its play between unresolved musical contradictions and structural regularity; it's entitled "Of Species Counterpoint, Gondola Songs, and Sordid Boons."

Walter Everett
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

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