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Help with analysis of a symphony on Wikipedia

Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by Xaver, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Xaver


    Dec 21, 2006
    Canberra, Australia
    Hi all,
    I did some research on a symphony by Borodin today. I found this on on Wikipedia:


    I am not sure how to, apart from the obvious key centers listed, read the graphs on that page, is this something that the author mentioned, A. Peter Brown, uses or has anyone seen this sort of analysis elsewhere?
  2. Pat Harris

    Pat Harris Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    In all seriousness, going to Wikipedia may have been the first mistake.

    The charts are seemingly a breakdown of each movement. I assume "P" is for primary theme and "S K" is secondary theme with the measure numbers under that.
  3. There are 2 books by Jan LaRue which codify symbols for analysis. These may help you decipher the terminology used in the analysis in your post above from wikipedia. It looks to me like they are using some of LaRue's symbols or a slight variation. I believe Peter Brown's book, from which the wikipedia author used partially as a basis for the article, lists LaRue's work in it's bibliography. Please forgive me but this is my recollection. I have been out of school 26 years. With regard to the Finale in sonata or rondo form, see symbols (OPTSKN) in Guidelines for Style Analysis 2ND ED. by Jan LaRue.


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