What Is a Cadence?

What Is a Cadence?

Theoretical and Analytical Perspectives on Cadences in the Classical Repertoire
Edited by Markus Neuwirth, Pieter Bergé

The concept of closure is crucial to understanding music from the "classical" style. This volume focuses on the primary means of achieving closure in tonal music: the cadence. Written by leading North American and European scholars, the nine chapters seek to account for the great variety and complexity inherent in the cadence by approaching it from different subdisciplinary angles, including music-analytical, theoretical, historical, psychological (experimental), as well as linguistic.

Each of these chapters challenges, in one way or another, our common notion of cadence. Controversial viewpoints between the chapters are highlighted by numerous cross-references. Given the ubiquity of cadences in tonal music in general, this volume is aimed not only at a broad portion of the academic community, scholars and students alike, but also at music performers.

Contributors: Pieter Bergé (KU Leuven), Poundie Burstein (City University of New York), Vasili Byros (Northwestern University), William Caplin (McGill University), Felix Diergarten (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis), Nathan John Martin (Yale University / KU Leuven), Danuta Mirka (University of Southampton), Markus Neuwirth (KU Leuven), Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers (University of Ottawa), Martin Rohrmeier (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and David Sears (McGill University)

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