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What to Listen For in RockA Stylistic Analysis$
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Ken Stephenson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092394

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092394.001.0001

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(p.ix) Introduction
What to Listen For in Rock

Ken Stephenson

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about a stylistic analysis of rock music. It offers arguments against the assumption that rock is simply a crude extension of common-practice music and explains that rock exhibits melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic characteristics that are not found in any other musical style. It also suggests that the stylistic norms of rock depend on ideas from the common practice, but differ from common-practice norms in crucial ways.

Keywords:   rock music, stylistic analysis, common-practice music, melodic characteristics, rhythmic characteristics, harmonic characteristics

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