combinatoriality love



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  • n. A quality shared by some twelve-tone tone rows by which the row and one of its transformations combine to form a pair of aggregates.


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  • There's the old stand-bys: inversion, retrograde, combinatoriality (be the context tonal or atonal).

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  • I don't think that freshmen, or even undergrads, really, should be expected to be grad-level fluent in Schenkerian analysis, or set theory, or the more esoteric corners of combinatoriality — I'd be happy with just a solid grounding in history, form, and Roman numeral-style analysis — but they should definitely be aware of their existence and their applicability.

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