Transatlantic Transformations: On Neo-Riemannian Theories


Hugo Riemann never set foot on American soil. His harmonic theories, however, did cross the Atlantic and fell on fertile grounds, inspiring a rich repertoire of methods for music analysis that is nowadays usually subsumed under the name of neo-Riemannian theories (NRTs)—decidedly in the plural form. In this essay, I will review the central characteristics of NRTs and will relate how they connect with Hugo Riemann’s original works.

Keym, S. (Ed.): Kreative Missverständnisse oder universale Kunstgesetze? Hugo Riemann und der internationale Musikwissenstransfer. Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, pp. 367-377.
Fabian C. Moss
Fabian C. Moss
Assistant Professor for Digital Music Philology and Music Theory

Fabian C. Moss is an assistant professor for Digital Music Philology and Music Theory at Julius-Maximilians University Würzburg (JMU), Germany.