The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin.

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    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Desire
      Drive
      Lacan
      Prometheus chord
      Skryabin
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    • Abstract:
      This paper - recently presented at the International Conference on Music and Emotion at Durham University - explores a theory by which the psychoanalytic concept of drive might pertain to harmonic discourse in music. Based on Alexander Skryabin's musings on desire found in his sketchy philosophical notebooks, I propose certain ways in which these theories can have bearing upon his tonal language. Whilst Skryabin's philosophy is often somewhat disorganised, he betrays a fundamental distinction between 'desire' and a deeper driving force, which in many ways approaches the Freudian 'drive'. Applying more refined psychoanalytical apparatus, I find a musical embodiment of the model of the human drive by Jacques Lacan. Through an analysis of Skryabin's Prometheus chord, I attempt to show that multiple 'dominant seventh' impulses are contained in his various harmonic structures. I further illustrate that these potential driving forces slowly work through the harmonic progressions that unfold throughout the piece, and often build towards a more assured, 'conventional', diatonic motion. Supported by psychoanalytic theory, this motion can be conceptualized as a move from an economy of seemingly disjointed drives with no particular tonal goal, towards a tightly-focused object of tonal desire. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      1997-0854
    • Accession Number:
      78325124
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    • ABNT:
      SMITH, K. The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin. Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki, [s. l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 11–17, 2010. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124. Acesso em: 2 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Smith K. The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin. Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki. 2010;7(2):11-17. Accessed December 2, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124
    • APA:
      Smith, K. (2010). The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin. Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki, 7(2), 11–17.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Smith, Kenneth. 2010. “The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin.” Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki 7 (2): 11–17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124.
    • Harvard:
      Smith, K. (2010) ‘The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin’, Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki, 7(2), pp. 11–17. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124 (Accessed: 2 December 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Smith, K 2010, ‘The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin’, Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 11–17, viewed 2 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Smith, Kenneth. “The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin.” Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki, vol. 7, no. 2, Dec. 2010, pp. 11–17. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Smith, Kenneth. “The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin.” Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki 7, no. 2 (December 2010): 11–17. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Smith K. The Psychoanalytic Drive in the Harmonic Language of Alexander Skryabin. Music Scholarship / Problemy Muzykal’noi Nauki [Internet]. 2010 Dec [cited 2020 Dec 2];7(2):11–7. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=78325124