Musiké Magazine- VOL. 8 – Nine trifles about brevity

Nine trifles about brevity

Luis Quintana



If the short form in music has been addressed by numerous composers, the topic has hardly been treated from a theoretical or aesthetic angle. This writing has been an opportunity to explore the reasons that lead a composer to tackle a short piece. Like literature, which has cultivated this topic abundantly, I gave myself the task of finding an equivalent in music: of ordering and classifying them in order to identify certain important features in these forms that can be useful for their understanding, appreciation, and perhaps for its eventual realization.


miniatures, brevity, fragments, aphorisms, instant

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