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Hearing Harmony

Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era

Christopher Doll (author)

ISBN: 9780472073528

Publication Date: Jun 2017

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Offers a listener-based, philosophical-psychological theory of harmonic effects for Anglophone popular music since the 1950s. It begins with chords, their functions and characteristic hierarchies, then identifies the most common and salient harmonic-progression classes, or harmonic schemas.
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Hearing Harmony offers a listener-based, philosophical-psychological theory of harmonic effects for Anglophone popular music since the 1950s. It begins with chords, their functions and characteristic hierarchies, then identifies the most common and salient harmonic-progression classes, or harmonic schemas. The identification of these schemas, as well as the historical contextualization of many of them, allows for systematic exploration of the repertory�s typical harmonic transformations (such as chord substitution) and harmonic ambiguities. Doll provides readers with a novel explanation of the assorted aural qualities of chords, and how certain harmonic effects result from the interaction of various melodic, rhythmic, textural, timbral, and extra-musical contexts, and how these interactions can determine whether a chordal riff is tonally centered or tonally ambiguous, whether it sounds aggressive or playful or sad, whether it seems to evoke an earlier song using a similar series of chords, whether it sounds conventional or unfamiliar.

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Doll's writing allows for a broad spectrum of musical literacy in his audience… It's thorough enough for music scholars, but accessible enough to be suited for other scholars with some musical background, and perhaps even rock musicians and fans with intellectual interests." - Shaugn O'Donnell, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Director of Graduate Studies at the City College of New York
Illustrations 81 illustrations
Pages 368
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2017
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Series Tracking Pop
Subject/s Music: styles & genres   Theory of music & musicology   Music reviews & criticism  
Christopher Doll is an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Rutgers.

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