Pluralistic Music Theory

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An approach to music theory that rejects the sole emphasis of the internal relationships within a single work of music in favor of theory that encompasses both musical formalism and its cultural, historical, and aesthetic context. The pluralistic approach also addresses the ways in which all music, whether contemporary or historical, is heard and understood in the present day. Consequently, pluralistic music theory strives to uncover how music is evocative of emotional response (Kramer 1988).