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John Rothgeb’s analysis of the “Tristan chord” engages a large intertextual network, stretching back to the Baroque and centering on recitative. Examples of a specific figure of recitative, usually associated with the asking of a question, are presented and analyzed. Examples include passages in Wagner's operas before Tristan.


This item appeared in Music Theory Online in Volume 1, Issue 3 on May 1995. It was authored by William Rothstein,, with whose written permission it is reprinted here.

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