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Stravinsky's Topology:
An Examination of his Twelve-Tone Works
through Object-Oriented Analysis of Structural and Poetic-Expressive Relationships
with Special Attention to his Choral Works and Threni


Andrew Kuster
Doctor of Musical Arts in the Literature and Performance of Choral Music
University of Colorado, Boulder

(C) Copyright 2000 Andrew Kuster. All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Stravinsky's Topology: An Examination of his Twelve-Tone Works through Object-Oriented Analysis of Structural and Poetic-Expressive Relationships with Special Attention to his Choral Works and Threni seeks to explain Stravinsky's implementation of certain row forms for particular formal events or to enhance the poetry in works with words. The investigation presents an analytical method called Object-Oriented analysis. The method is Object-Oriented in the sense that it employs topological figures such as the Torus and also that, like Object-Oriented Programming, data and the operations that work on that data are grouped together. In his twelve-tone works, Stravinsky consistently returns to foundational rows, i.e. rows beginning or ending with the first or last members of the Prime row. Stravinsky employs foundational rows and uses particular row forms to underscore structural areas and to reinforce poetic meaning in Epitaphium, Anthem, Elegy for J. F. K., Fanfare for a New Theater, and The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. In The Flood, a larger work, Stravinsky expands beyond the foundational rows, but the forms he uses are still related to each other in their beginning or ending members. This discussion fully develops the method of Object-Oriented analysis by examining the vocal parts in The Flood and in a thorough study of Stravinsky's largest late work Threni. The investigation concludes with remarks about how a conductor can apply Object-Oriented analysis in the performance of Stravinsky's twelve-tone choral works.

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Kuster, Andrew. "Stravinsky's Topology: An Examination of his Twelve-Tone Works through Object-Oriented Analysis of Structural and Poetic-Expressive Relationships with Special Attention to his Choral Works and Threni." D.M.A. diss., University of Colorado, 2000. WWW, [current date], https://sites.google.com/site/stravinskystopology/