SMT-V: The Society for Music Theory Videocast Journal

SMT-V is the open-access, peer-reviewed video journal of the Society for Music Theory. Founded in 2014, SMT-V publishes video essays that showcase research in music theory in a dynamic, audiovisual format, presented so as to have the potential to engage both specialists within the field as well as interested viewers outside the music theory community. The journal features a supportive and collaborative production process, and publishes three to four videos per year. Read more about SMT-V here.

Latest Issue: 5.4 (August 2019)

“Fifth Above, Third Below”: Discerning Canonic Potential

Scott Murphy (University of Kansas)


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C.P.E. Bach once testified how his father, J.S. Bach, could anticipate if and how the subject of a fugue might contrapuntally combine with other lines later in the composition. This video equips the viewer with a method to do this regarding canonic combinations in particular, using stretto combinations from Clara Schumann’s fugue op. 16, no. 3.

Keywords: canon, stretto, counterpoint, J. S. Bach, Clara Schumann


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