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In a recent article in this journal, Adam Krims has argued that mainstream music theory, with its organicist bias, is fundamentally incompatible with post-structuralist thought. This commentary is a defense of theory-based analysis in a postmodern world.


This item appeared in Music Theory Online in Volume 1, Issue 1 on January 1995. It was authored by Joseph N. Straus,, with whose written permission it is reprinted here.

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