The Schenkerian method has been long recognised as a useful tool to analyse primarily tonal repertoire whereas Neo-Riemiannian theory is useful in analysing the heavily chromatic harmony of the nineteenth century. Studies have suggested that the respective methods when applied on their own are effective at drawing out some elements of musical structure. But each method also fails to acknowledge other signiﬁcant aspects of the music. The aim of this study is to explore the possibility of a synthesis of the two methods and to demonstrate the applicability and effectiveness of this synthesis to the analysis of a twentieth-century sonata. Current ﬁndings have indicated that graphical representations such as a hybrid form of the middleground level of Schenkerian analysis with Neo-Riemannian analysis, line graphs depicting the number of intervallic changes between pitch collections and tables detailing the amount of movement between each chord and the basic interval pattern of the music will illustrate and account for the connection from one chord to the next through common tones and it will account for all types of chords (not just major and minor triads). To synthesise both Neo-Riemannian theory and Schenker’s approach and demonstrate this combined use not just for the purpose of studying musical construction but also by relating it to musical practice would indicate the effectiveness of the combined approach, and suggest its importance in future work. This research can have signiﬁcant implications in the study of music and could continue to form a bridge between music theory and performance.
5.J.3Session - Schenkerian, Riemannian, and Neo-Riemannian Theories
Yvonne Teo is completing a Master of Music in Musicology at the University of Melbourne, funded by the Australian Postgraduate Award scheme. She received her BMus in Music (Musicology) with Class 1 Honours and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland. She also has her Diploma in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM). Her research involves the synthesis of Schenkerian and Neo-Riemannian methods with Hindemith’s First Piano Sonata as a case study. She is interested in theory and analysis of music, with particular focus on Schenkerian, Neo-Riemannian and set theories, application of analysis to teaching and learning in music education settings and applying analysis to create informed performance practices.
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