Notes to the Web version

This paper was originally submitted in paper form to the Department of Music at Harvard University as my undergraduate senior thesis. I have reproduced it on the web in order to distribute copies more easily (and more cheaply!) than the printed version allows. The web version should not be considered the authoritative version of this document nor should it be considered a published paper in electronic form: I shudder to think how many errors were introduced in the process of extracting the HTML from the original Word document. If you wish to cite this research in your own work, please contact me at for a printed copy of the thesis.

I have taken advantage of only a very few of the possibilities offered by the web for this document; inside you will find neither audio musical examples nor links to similar documents on the web. As greatly as I believe these would enhance understanding of the period in question, my main goal was to get this paper on-line in a timely manner. In order to speed the process of transferring the document, I have mostly used cascading style-sheets to control the look of the pages. CSS can be viewed with Netscape 4.0+ and IE4.0+. I apologize for the poor alignment of many of the musical examples with the surrounding text and for the awkward line spacing this introduces. I ask that the reader bear with these eyesores as the price of technology.

Occasionally in the text, page numbers are referred to which are not present in the web version. In the printed version, chapter 1 begins on page 11, chapter 2: p. 19, chapter 3: p. 41, chapter 4: p. 55, chapter 5: p. 73, chapter 6: p. 83, conclusions: p. 99, bibliography: p. 103, and the appendix of transcriptions runs from p. 113 to 238.

Readers unfamiliar with the period in question can gain an overview of the thesis by reading the Introduction, chapters 1 & 2, the beginning of chapter 3, and the conclusion. Readers interested in a shorter, non-linear introduction to the thesis can read this changing 250 word excerpt generated by a triplet markov-chain babbler I wrote. [takes 10 seconds to load]