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Learned style and learned styles

Chapin, Keith 2014. Learned style and learned styles. In: Mirka, Danuta ed. The Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford University Press, (10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199841578.013.0012)

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Abstract

Eighteenth-century writers on music recognized a spectrum of learned styles. These included not only the imitative counterpoint characteristic of the fugue and the species counterpoint associated with a cappella polyphony, but also a broad range of other styles, such as strict style, church style, or stile antico, transmitted from specialist to specialist over many decades and even centuries. The topic of the learned style, however, was a special formation or intensification of texture that occurred within the norms of late eighteenth-century phrasing, harmony, and texture. The tension between learned styles (each grounded in certain genre traditions) and learned style (the versatile and itinerant topic) informs not only the various manifestations of the learned style, which can be used for various formal purposes, but also its signification, which springs from the concerns of order and tradition that accompanied the transmission of learned styles from generation to generation.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Uncontrolled Keywords: learned style, fugue, counterpoint, a cappella, polyphony, strict style, church style, stile antico
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199841578
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 14:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/75621

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