A Study of Donald Grantham’s Fantasy Variations: Broad Musical Connections in Core Theory Classes
This article contains analytical comments on Donald Grantham’s Fantasy Variations, which is based on George Gershwin’s Prelude II (“Blue Lullaby”), focusing on its pedagogical use in a core undergraduate theory class. It proposes encouraging students to make broad musical connections regarding tonality, temporality, and developmental process, across a wide range of musical repertoire. The article discusses the analysis of Fantasy Variations in relation to these topics: pedagogical transitions between the study of tonal and post-tonal music, the process of development, non-linear aspects of twentieth- and twenty-first century music, and musical borrowing.
"A Study of Donald Grantham’s Fantasy Variations: Broad Musical Connections in Core Theory Classes,"
Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: https://trace.tennessee.edu/gamut/vol4/iss1/3