Stravinsky and the octatonic: A reconsideration

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The importance of the octatonic scale in Stravinsky's music has consistently been overstated. While octatonicism is an aspect of Stravinsky's technique, it is just one of a number of different components that jointly produce the "Stravinsky sound." The article focuses on two techniques that have often been mistaken for octatonicism: modal uses of the non-diatonic minor scales; and the superimposition of elements that belong to different scalar collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-102
Number of pages35
JournalMusic Theory Spectrum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Music


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