[Smt-talk] Pieces with improvisatory openings

David O'Dette dmodette at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 10:31:37 PDT 2011

More Beethoven examples:

Piano Sonata Op. 78, 1st movement
Symphony No. 1, 4th movement

David O'Dette
Washington, DC

On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM, Mitch Ohriner <mohriner at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Collected Wisdom and Beloved Scholars,
> I’m interested in studying the emergence of tempo from the perspective of
> the listener. One viable case study for this phenomenon is the class of
> pieces that begin with short, improvisatory passages that precede more
> temporally patterned movements proper.
> This is slightly different than the phenomenon previously discussed on this
> list in which the most salient level of time-span organization is initially
> obscured in preference for a faster or slower rate (i.e., London’s “metric
> fakeout”).
> A paragon of what I’m looking for would be Chopin’s G-minor Ballade, Op.
> 23. I’ve also been directed to Schumann’s String Quartet No. 3, Op. 41, no.
> 3.
> Do you know of other tonal examples like these? I’ll take responses
> off-list unless they’re of general interest.
> Thank you for your thoughts and I look forward to seeing many of you at our
> Annual Meeting next week.
> Best regards,
> Mitch Ohriner
> mohriner at gmail.com
> Assistant Professor of Music Theory
> Shenandoah Conservatory
> Winchester, VA
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