Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann
Music theorists analyze how compositions are constructed. I have pursued that topic both from a "history of music theory" angle and from a "modern speculative theory" angle in several recent books issued by Cambridge University Press (three published, one in press, one under review, and now Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann in preparation). With grounding in historical perspectives, I am reformulating the practice of harmonic analysis through detailed studies of various individual corpuses of music. Nearing the midpoint of an anticipated twelve-volume project covering the theory and analysis of music from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries, I turn now to Mendelssohn and Schumann. My method involves both reductive analysis using music notation, extensive annotations with symbols (mostly Roman and Arabic numerals), and a detailed explanatory text, extending beyond anything else currently being pursued in the field. I also assess alternative perspectives and consider how analytical insights impact music performance and listening. The proposed funding will be devoted to three essential components of my work: 1) to keep abreast of the full range of scholarship in music analysis through the purchase of key publications for my personal library; 2) to pursue the hundreds of leads I accumulate each year at visits to major research libraries (such as The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and The Sibley Music Library); and 3) to assist in the setting of Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann's numerous and often complicated music examples, which must be presented "camera-ready" to the publisher.