Analyzing Energetics and Form

Reflections on «Four Pieces for Four Players» (2005) by Rudolf Kelterborn

Christoph Neidhöfer
This article examines formal design and musical expression in a recent composition by Rudolf Kelterborn (b. 1931), Four Pieces for Four Players from 2005. The analysis shows how the composer creates an accessible, multilayered formal architecture by way of macro- and microstructural relationships in the areas of movement, timbre, register, and pitch structure, in line with what Kelterborn has postulated in his theoretical writings. The analysis focuses in particular on what Neidhöfer terms «intensity of motion».

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