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Temporal friction in Conlon Nancarrows Study No. 36 for Player Piano. Jonathan Wesley Wilkes

Temporal friction in Conlon Nancarrows Study No. 36 for Player Piano.

Jonathan Wesley Wilkes

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Conlon Nancarrows Study No. 36 for Player Piano derives its dramatic energy from a clash between the underlying temporal process and the expectations created by the character and shape of individual voices within the canon. This tension, which IMoreConlon Nancarrows Study No. 36 for Player Piano derives its dramatic energy from a clash between the underlying temporal process and the expectations created by the character and shape of individual voices within the canon. This tension, which I call temporal friction, is a main source of developmental energy in the piece, as well as an important facet of Nancarrows work in general. Temporal friction, along with its relationship to temporal dissonance and Nancarrows compositional process, is outlined in chapter one. Chapter two deals with the exposition of the study, where the rhythm and melody of the canonic subject create a strong expectation for a common pulse in the impending contrapuntal texture. This expectation is thwarted as the other voices enter the texture in their respective tempi, producing a pronounced level of temporal friction. The analysis in chapter three focuses on the ways in which fluctuating levels of temporal friction are prolonged after the exposition, and how they affect the developmental drive toward a climax. Chapter four addresses the convergence points and the material after the climax, where temporal friction is absent until the final section of the piece. Other studies are briefly examined in chapter five, providing examples of how temporal friction functions in the context of pieces featuring more elusive and complex temporal processes.