Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinksy Custom Paper

Paper should focus on one or more of these topics. For example:

• Phrase structure
• Rhythm
• Programmatic implications; topics and style
• Deviations from the sonata form principle
• The use of transitions to get from one tonal area to another
• Complexities in a development section
• Performance and analysis
Avoid writing a blow-by-blow, chronological account of the piece. Assume I can figure
out the basics, so write about what fascinates you most about the piece. Most importantly,
you must have a thesis that binds your paper together.

You will also be required to use at least one scholarly source (New Grove Dictionary, books,
articles, some Web pages).
Academic music papers use the Chicago Manual of Style
formatting, best distilled in Kate Turabian’s book A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses,
and Dissertations
Sources should appear as footnotes and as a bibliographic entry.
You are strongly encouraged to use examples in your paper. This may be done by inserting
them into the text, or by placing them at the end and making a reference to them in your
text. If you have multiple examples, number them by writing “Example 2, Example 3, etc.”

This is an analytical paper, and should be written in a formal tone. Thus, you should
avoid second person (“you see that in the voice part…”), colloquialisms (“Schubert
throws in some modal mixture at the end”) and contractions (“It’s interesting that there’s a
B-flat in m. 23.”)

Here are some other grammatical and written musical conventions:
• Abbreviate “measure” by using “m.” and “measures” by using “mm.” The only
exception is at the beginning of a sentence (“Measure 12 features a modulation”).
• Spell out all keys and notes (B-flat, C-sharp, D-flat major). All keys are capitalized,
even if they are minor (“Schubert sets this section in G minor”).
• Avoid complicated descriptions of minute details: “In m. 24, Brahms writes a
double-dotted eighth note that connects to a quarter-note triplet, followed by an
eighth-sixteenth-eighth figure…” This is better shown in an example.
• “A lot” is two words; “It’s” means “it is” as opposed to “its” (“It’s cold outside”;
“One notices its timbre changes in the B section”).

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