Mary Pappert School of Music
Edward W. Kocher
Heinrich Schenker, Maria Schneider, pitch class set theory
The 21st century has brought about the transmission of ideas across the world due to the globalization of communication. As such, musicians are influenced by different styles of music from all around the world due to their own travels and the availability of music recordings. This thesis deals with the challenges of analyzing modern music that has been influenced by different genres and therefore does not fit into one preconceived genre of music. Maria Schneider's piece "Hang Gliding" integrates influences of classical, jazz, and Brazilian music. After a discussion of these influences upon her work and her transgression of the third stream classification of music, "Hang Gliding" is analyzed using a dual approach: pitch class set theory (for the melody) and Schenkerian theory (for the harmony). This analysis demonstrates the growth and decay of the arch form of the piece.
McKinney, E. (2008). Maria Schneider's "Hang Gliding": Dual Analyses for a Hybrid Musical Style (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/911