Variation and Developing Variation under a Transformational Perspective


  • Carlos de Lemos Almada Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)



The present article introduces the current version of an analytical model, which proposes a transformational conception for musical variation. According to this perspective, an archetypical variation is considered as a generic function capable to transform a referential musical idea into another one to which is related by some degree of similarity. The study addresses a number of co-related concepts, classifications, and assumptions whose interaction aims at consolidating this new theoretical formulation. The last section presents a typology for Schoenberg's principle of developing variation under the transformational point of view.


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