List of polytonal pieces

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List of pieces using polytonality and/or bitonality.

Symphony No. 2 (1944)[citation needed]
Mikrokosmos Volume 5 number 125: The opening (mm. 1-76) of "Boating", (actually bimodality) in which the right hand uses pitches of the pentatonic scale on E and the left hand uses those of either G mixolydian or dorian[1]
Mikrokosmos No. 105, "Playsong"[2]
44 Violin Duets, "Song of the Harvest" (1933)[3]
Bagatelles (1908)[4] 1st Bagatelle, RH: C minor, LH: C Phrygian.[5]
Sea Interludes (1945)[6]
Fanfare for St Edmundsbury (1959)[citation needed]
Folk Songs of the British Isles, Vol. 1, No. 6[4]


Danzas Argentinas - 1. "Danza del viejo boyero" (1937), RH: white keys, LH: black keys[7]
Symphony No. 2, used for ambiguity[8]
Planet of the Apes (1968)[citation needed]
Patton (1970)[citation needed]
The Omen (1976)[9]
Lincolnshire Posy[citation needed]
The Planets[citation needed]
Symphony for Strings, III[3]
"What The Hell Happened" (from Halcyon Days, 2004)[10]
Variations on America (1891-1892), polytonal interludes added 1909-1910[11]
Sixty-seventh Psalm (1898–99)[4]
Piano Sonata No. 2 (Ives) III. The Alcotts, presence of bitonality (right hand in B major and left hand in A major)[12]
Cabaret (1966), in the Finale Ultimo[citation needed]
Concerto for Piano, with Wind Octette Acc. (1928)[13]
Scaramouche, in the first movement "Vif"[citation needed]
Sorocaba, from Saudades Do Brasil[citation needed]
Le Boeuf sur le toit[citation needed]
The Untouchables (1987)[citation needed]
Ein musikalischer Spass[14]
Ein musikalischer Spass About this sound Play 
Lieutenant Kijé Suite (mov. V, "The Burial of Kijé")[citation needed]
Sarcasms, Op. 17. The third movement uses two different key signatures for each hand.[15]
A Festival Prelude[citation needed]
"Gavotte", Suite for Piano Op. 25 (1923)[16]
George Washington Bridge[17]
Petrushka, opening fanfare[citation needed]
Symphony of Psalms - 3rd Movement[citation needed]
Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947), rehearsal No. 11[18]
String Quartet No. 1, Movement 3 (1917). Each part has its own key: Cello, C; Viola, 3 flats; Violin 2, 6 sharps; Violin 1, 3 sharps. See score.
Star Wars (1977)[9]
Chorale and Shaker Dance[citation needed]
Jesus Christ Superstar - "This Jesus Must Die" (B and E major)[19]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Stein, Deborah (2005). "Introduction to Musical Ambiguity" in Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis, p.82-3. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-517010-5.
  2. ^ Kostka, Stefan and Payne, Dorothy (1995). Tonal Harmony, p.495. ISBN 0-07-300056-6.
  3. ^ a b DeLone, et al. (1975). Aspects of 20th Century Music, p.339. ISBN 0-13-049346-5.
  4. ^ a b c Richardson, John (1999). Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass's Akhnaten, p.73. ISBN 9780819563422.
  5. ^ Ross, Alex (2007). The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, p.83. ISBN 9780374249397.
  6. ^ Wilkins, Margaret Lucy (2006). Creative Music Composition, p.78. ISBN 9780415974677.
  7. ^ Hinson, Maurice (2000). Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, p.334. ISBN 9780253336460.
  8. ^ "Philip Glass : Symphony No. 2", ChesterNovello.com.
  9. ^ a b Karlin, Fred and Wright, Rayburn (2004). On the Track: A Guide to Contemporary Film Scoring, p.359. ISBN 9780415941365.
  10. ^ Diton, Robert (September 23, 2011). "Bruce Hornsby to bring the noise to Englewood", Examiner.com.
  11. ^ Latham, Alison (2004). The Oxford Dictionary of Musical Works, p.173. ISBN 9780198610205.
  12. ^ Ives, Charles. "Piano Sonata No.2 'Concord, Mass., 1840–60'". II. The Alcotts. imslp.org. 
  13. ^ Gagné, Nicole V. (2012). Historical Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Classical Music, p.171. ISBN 9780810879621.
  14. ^ a b c Reti, Rudolph (1958). Tonality, Atonality, Pantonality: A study of some trends in twentieth century music,[page needed]. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-20478-0.
  15. ^ | Encyclopædia Britannica, "Polytonality (music)".
  16. ^ Maconie, Robin (2005). Other Planets, p.71. ISBN 0-8108-5356-6. "Has distinctly polytonal tendencies."
  17. ^ Swayne, Steve (2011). Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life, p.244. ISBN 9780195388527.
  18. ^ Berry, Wallace (1976). Structural Functions in Music, p.183n1. ISBN 0-486-25384-8.
  19. ^ (1973). Country Life, Volume 154, p.2015.