• Nicolas Meeùs Paris-Sorbonne



Prolongation, Auskomponierung, time span, depht, organicism


The article evidences and documents the differences in meaning between the English term “prolongation”, the German Prolongation, and Schenker’s own understanding of the term. It stresses that, for Schenker, the word describes the organic relation from Ursatz to foreground, a relation in the “depth” of the work, while in English it denotes the extension in time of a harmonic or melodic event. The English understanding of “prolongation” is not illegitimate, but it hides a dimension of Schenker’s understanding.

Biografia do Autor

Nicolas Meeùs, Paris-Sorbonne

Professor emeritus at the Sorbonne, Nicolas Meeùs is an analyst musicologist, theorist, historian of music theory and the main French-speaking specialist in the work of Heinrich Schenker, which he has translated and taught for many years. The Musical Heritage and Languages research team, which he led, has trained several specialists in musical analysis today with international responsibilities. Initiator of the Belgian Society of Musical Analysis, Nicolas Meeùs worked in Belgium, at the Musee instrumental de Bruxelles, which he directed, and at the Catholic University of Louvain, before occupying a chair of analysis at the Training and Research Units (UFR) of Musicology.


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MEEÙS, N. Prolongation. Orfeu, Florianópolis, v. 6, n. 3, 2021. DOI: 10.5965/2525530406032021109. Disponível em: Acesso em: 30 nov. 2021.