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Issues on the Grundgestalt analysis applied to popular music

Carlos de Lemos Almada About the author

This paper deals the suitability of the use of analytical tools associated with Schoenberg's theory of Grundgestalt for the examination of structural relationships in pieces of popular music. Following the presentation of basic concepts, some of the conclusions presented in a pioneering paper by GREEN (2008), on Duke Ellington´s motivic treatment are examined. Afterward, the songs Chovendo na Roseira, by Tom Jobim, and Something, by George Harririson are analyzed with specific methodology developed in the research which this study is inserted. The results suggest that, although limited to special conditions and requiring appropriate adaptations, it is possible to apply the derivative analysis to pieces of popular music.

Grundgestalt and developing variation; popular music; derivative analysis

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