On Stravisnky’s “Full Fadom Five”

ABSTRACT

Stravinsky’s “Full Fadom Five” from Three Songs on William Shakespeare is emblematic of the composer’s idiosyncratic approach to serialism. It is significant for its formal structure, its recurring motives, and its intervallic content. Standard serial transformations such as inversion, retrograde, transposition and diminution are used throughout. Despite being a 12-tone work the composer favors the minor 3rd, perfect 5th, and minor 7th, leading to a distinct semi-diatonic musical language.

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