South African Music Studies

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Pitch organisation in Hendrik Hofmeyr's Alleenstryd

James May


Hendrik Hofmeyr's Alleenstryd is of seminal importance in the evolution of the composer's musical language. Emerging ideas of types of pitch organisation in earlier works are here for the first time organised into a fully integrated system and the principles applied here later became some of the most important hallmarks of the composer's mature style. The paper traces the gradual transformation of pitch from the opening pentatonic material to its various chromatic transformations throughout the six songs of the cycle.


South African Journal of Musicology Vol. 23 2003: 43-53
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