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Harmony in Chopin


  • Publication planned for: January 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107519565

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  • Chopin's oeuvre holds a secure place in the repertoire, beloved by audiences, performers, and aesthetes. In Harmony in Chopin, David Damschroder offers a new way to examine and understand Chopin's compositional style, integrating Schenkerian structural analyses with an innovative perspective on harmony and further developing ideas and methods put forward in his earlier books Thinking about Harmony (Cambridge, 2008), Harmony in Schubert (Cambridge, 2010), and Harmony in Haydn and Mozart (Cambridge, 2012). Reinvigorating and enhancing some of the central components of analytical practice, this study explores notions such as assertion, chordal evolution (surge), collision, dominant emulation, unfurling, and wobble through analyses of all forty-three Mazurkas Chopin published during his lifetime. Damschroder also integrates analyses of eight major works by Chopin with detailed commentary on the contrasting perspectives of other prominent Chopin analysts. This provocative and richly detailed book will help transform readers' own analytical approaches.

    • Proposes and demonstrates a fresh approach to harmonic analysis, reinvigorating central components of analytical practice
    • Provides detailed analyses of over fifty works by Chopin, exploring broader contexts and levels of harmonic organization
    • Juxtaposes analytical outcomes attained using the author's method with those of other prominent Chopin analysts
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    • Publication planned for: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107519565
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
    • contains: 121 music examples
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Methodological Orientation: The Mazurkas:
    1. The architecture of a tonic pillar: twenty-seven regular tonic pillars from the mazurkas
    2. Between the tonic pillars: tonal trajectories in twenty-seven mazurkas
    3. Irregular pillars in the mazurkas: alternatives to the perfect authentic cadence
    Part II. Masterpieces:
    4. √Čtude in C Minor, op. 10, no. 12, in response to Graham H. Phipps
    5. Nocturne in C# Minor (op. 27, no. 1), in response to Felix Salzer
    6. Preludes in E Major and E Minor (op. 28, nos. 9 and 4), in response to Fred Lerdahl
    7. Prelude in G Minor (op. 28, no. 22), in response to Alison Hood
    8. Prelude in C# Minor (op. 45), in response to Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger and to Charles J. Smith
    9. Ballade in F Minor (op. 52), in response to Edward Laufer
    10. Barcarolle in F# Major (op. 60), in response to John Rink.

  • Author

    David Damschroder, University of Minnesota
    David Damschroder is Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota. His current research focuses on harmony in tonal music, a project that began with a careful examination of historical analytical practices and was the basis for his book Thinking about Harmony: Historical Perspectives on Analysis (Cambridge, 2008). The project continues with focused studies on selected repertoires: Harmony in Schubert (Cambridge, 2010), Harmony in Haydn and Mozart (Cambridge, 2012), and the present book. In addition, he is currently writing a textbook on Schenkerian analysis. He has written textbooks on music fundamentals and ear-training and sight-singing, and his articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals.

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