[Smt-talk] Semitonal voice leading

Andrew Schartmann andrew.schartmann at yale.edu
Tue May 7 14:29:32 PDT 2013

Michael Rofe's new book "Dimensions of Energy in Shostakovich's Symphonies"
makes extensive use of Boleslav Yavorsky's theoretical work, which has a
great deal in common with Kurth. Chapter 2 of Rofe's book, entitled "Energy
as Melodic-Harmonic Motion", posits Yavorskian tritone-driven motion as a
basic engine of harmonic progression—one that operates quite freely
relative to traditional diatonic pitch-space—in Shostakovich's music. It's
not exactly what you're looking for, but Rofe does discuss Kurth's work in
relation to Russian musicology, and he goes a long way in expanding the
notion of leading-tone energies to semitonal motion in general.

Best wishes,
Andrew Schartmann
Graduate Student
Yale University
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