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Thread #158878   Message #3761406
Posted By: GUEST,Stim
28-Dec-15 - 06:33 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
Also, Pamela, there is an analytical system called Shenkerian Analysis that allows for the sort of comparisons that you're talking about. Here is the Wikipedia Article which explains it--at least sort of. Granted, it is a bit controversial(Among music theorists, it is a "Drink the Kool Aid" sort of thing) but he basically looked at the underlying direction and structure of a melody and the the smaller journeys that it made from each step, I find it very helpful both in writing and performing. It could be said that he took the obvious and made it arcane, though.