Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Summer 2010

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In

Music

First Advisor

Robert C. Cook

Abstract

Many theorists have connected information content in music with the listener's perception of the passage of time. This thesis uses the construct of information theory entropy, developed in the 1940s by Bell Labs engineer Claude Shannon, to describe the passage of time in Webern's music. Entropy scores are computed based on pitches, intervals, CSEGs, and pc-sets; these scores are then used to examine the first of the Five Canons, op. 16, and the fourth of the Five Movements for String Quartet, op. 5.

Pages

vii, 122 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-122).

Copyright

Copyright 2010 Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper

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Music Commons

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