RE: A brief essay on development

Subject: RE: A brief essay on development
From: Eldad Sabari (
Date: Wed Aug 25 2004 - 10:23:30 EDT

"an elaboration of existing music in the creation of new process that increases a sense of directional movement."
A few questions:
1) could a sense of direction be created without elaborating existing music (without development) - say, by introducing new elements continuously?
 2) perhaps introducing new elements continuosly will create a sense of movement, but not of direction - is direction important for our listening experience?
3) why?
4) could music be non-linear? say, like a painting where all the elements are available for us at once and we choose to view the painting either by looking at its entirety or by examining individual elements.
Eldad Tsabary
>This appears to have been the only thing I did today. I'm posting
>this so that I don't trash it. I hope someone gets something out of
>What is development?
>Development is that which creates the sense that the music is
>and progressing towards a felt goal, which may itself change: it
>implies the idea of moving somewhere new by transforming something
>One basic transformation is "heightening," often described as the
>building of "tension." A prototypical development is that which
>towards a climax. In film music, we often hear accelerating motives
>progressing upwards through a scale with sudden increases in the
>density of the music as it lurches towards the climactic event. This
>joins various ways of creatinmg a sense of "going up," by raising
>pitch, increasing the tempo, creating greater rhythmic momentum or
>density, getting louder, increasing harmonic density and dissonance
>level, splintering into nultiple voices, etc.
>"Going up" could probably be generalized as "creating process."
>Process is created when we sense patterns of transformation.
>Heightening is one such pattern.
>The sense of process is one that might translate
>into a feeling of growing tension: but perhaps the word "tension"
>merely stands for a sense of high-level affective or perceptive
>Modifying my original statement, development might be described as
>elaboration of existing music in the creation of new process that
>increases a sense of directional movement.
>-- eliot

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