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Table of Compositions with Rising Lines
A table that gathers more than 900 examples of musical compositions with cadences that use ascending melodic gestures.
The Dominant Ninth in Music from 1900 to 1924, Part 1
By about 1890, the major dominant ninth harmony had become firmly established in compositional and improvisational practice. After 1900, this harmony was routinely used in many musical genres. The two parts of this essay ...
Carl Schachter's Critique of the Rising Urlinie
A detailed critique of two articles by Carl Schachter (1994; 1996), this study is concerned with some specific issues in traditional Schenkerian theory, those connected with the rising Urlinie—these can be roughly summarized ...
Complex upper-voice cadential figures in traditional tonal music
Harmony and voice-leading are integrated in the hierarchical networks of Schenkerian analyses: the top (most abstract) level of the hierarchy is a fundamental structure that combines a single upper voice and a bass voice ...
Nineteenth-century polkas with rising melodic and cadence gestures
The polka became a popular social dance very quickly in the early 1840s. Its music was the first to introduce rising melodic frames and cadence gestures as common features. This essay provides a series of examples with ...
Cotillon after Schubert, with audio
An episode from a cotillon as Franz Schubert might have played it in the 1820s. UT-Austin doctoral student Josh Straub is the pianist in the audio file.
English, Scotch, and Irish Dance and Song: Supplement 2
Another supplement to the essay English, Scotch, and Irish Dance and Song, which is primarily a documentation of rising cadence figures in dances, fiddle tunes, and songs from late eighteenth and early nineteenth century ...
Offenbach, Rising Melodic Gestures in Orphée aux Enfers (1858; rev. 1874)
Orphée aux Enfers was Jacques Offenbach’s first success with a full-scale operetta and remains for many the quintessential representative of the genre. This essay discusses ascending cadence gestures in the original two-act ...
Rising Lines in the Tonal Frameworks of Traditional Tonal Music
This article supplements, and provides a large amount of additional data for, an article I publisher nearly thirty years ago: "The Ascending Urlinie," Journal of Music Theory 31/2 (1987): 275-303. By Schenker's assertion, ...
Buelow Contredanses: Rising Lines
Pieces with rising cadence gestures in the contradance collections associated with Johan Bülow, court musician in Copenhagen in the late 18th century. This file surveys all seven collections (more than the article “Rising ...