Melody on the Threshold in Spectral Music

  title={Melody on the Threshold in Spectral Music},
  author={James Sir Donaldson},
  journal={Music Theory Online},
This article explores the expressive and formal role of melody in spectral and “post-spectral” music. I propose that melody can function within a spectral aesthetic, expanding the project of relating unfamiliar musical parameters to “liquidate frozen categories” (Grisey 2008 [1982], 45). Accordingly, I show how melody can shift in and out of focus relative to other musical elements. I adopt Grisey’s use of the terms differential and liminal to describe relationships between two musical elements… 



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