Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The Just Intonation Guitar Works of Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Larry Polansky

Compositions in alternative tuning systems constitute a significant repertoire in twentieth-century U.S. music. A closely-related group of composers further specialized in just intonation--a particular kind of tuning system that utilizes whole-number relationships between pitches, resulting in a near infinite variety of interval sizes. Composers writing in just intonation often had to design their own instruments (or adapt traditional ones) for the performance of the precise ratios they required; somewhat surprisingly, a substantial number of their works employ the guitar, an instrument most often associated with equal temperaments. The purpose of this dissertation is to document and analyze the range of musical results achieved by a selection of closely-related U.S. composers who brought the guitar from one intonational context to the...

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