Better Proposal draft

I’m much happier with my proposal draft now. Here’s the first third or so: In this dissertation, I aim to establish an updated system of Functional Analysis. This will be based in part on Hugo Riemann’s Funktionstheorie, borrowing many of the functional ideas but focusing very little on the transformational ideas associated with Neo-Riemannian. In…

Proposal drafting

I got back helpful comments on my first draft of my proposal, and even got some editing in! I’m hoping to have another draft ready to send in before the Thanksgiving holiday. I still need to fix the intro, and the end is about the class that started this blog, but here’s a chunk from…

Not a Proposal – but drafted!

This week I was going to slowly start working on my full dissertation proposal, but after meeting with my advisor it went quite a bit quicker. I ended up drafting the whole thing. It’s way too short, and really terrible. I can’t even find a part of it that is good enough to post here,…

Beyond the Common Practice Period

This week the focus of my reading was on function in music beyond the Common Practice Period (CPP) – modern pop music, jazz, blues, that sort of thing. Functional Tonality is one of the things that defines music of the CPP, so often people disagree with using functional terminology (Roman numerals, often) for music that…