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mus-e-journal - Online Journal

The online mus-e-journal  presents research papers of musical disciplines and arts such as musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, technology, education, in addition to composition and performance.  
"mus-e-journal" was founded in January 2008 as a non-profit online magazine in order to promote the musical arts and sciences and is published semiannually by the Muse Institute in English and Greek.   Submissions are welcome for evaluation at: mus-e-journal@muse.gr

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is comprised of internationally recognized musicologists, theorists, composers and performers, most of whom hold doctoral degrees, teach in leading universities, or direct music ensembles and institutes in Europe and the US.

Honorary Advisory Board

Honorary Advisory Board

Dinos Constantinides, PhD: Professor, School of Music, Louisiana State University

Frederick Hemke, DMA: Professor, School of Music, Northwestern University

Dimitris Themelis, PhD: Emeritus professor, Department of Music, Aristotelian University

Stephen L. Syverud, PhD: Professor, School of Music, Northwestern University

Mike Vaughan, PhD: Professor, Director of the School of Humanities, Keele University 
Athanasios Zervas: Ralph Shapey - Movements of Varied Moment Print E-mail

Abstract

 

Although the theoretical system of post-serial musical language has developed a common
analytical method to examine compositions of the late twentieth century, it is practically
impossible to de-code every musical creation in that style.  In a documented analytical view,
matters such as dimension, symmetry, hierarchy, and flux are of primary importance. The
personalized-radical approach of such matters by the contemporary craftsman raises the need, on
the part of the theorist, to devise an analytical technique that justifies and explains compositional
choices.    
Ralph Shapey (1921-2002) is one of the most significant American composers of the late
twentieth century as well as an influential composition teacher.  He is characterized as a ‘radical
traditionalist’ and a ‘prolific composer’ by scholars, critics, and musicians.  In Shapey’s words:
“I radicalize the tradition… Composer is the architect in sound, time, space and flux” (Shapey
2001: 4).  Ten years after his death Ralph Shapey is still considered one of the most challenging
composers as to the interpretative requirements of his compositions, the understanding of his
choices in the treatment of rhythm and pitch material, the developmental procedures, and the
resulting aesthetics.

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