A fragment should be like a little work of art, complete in itself and separated from the rest of the universe like a hedgehog.
— Friedrich Schlegel (1798)

My work on Romantic fragments explores the characteristics of pieces in this genre from a theoretical perspective, differentiating the various fragmentary works into different types. I use a combination of structural and surface features in these pieces to come to a more refined and theoretically sound definition of the Romantic fragment, drawing particularly on Carl Schachter's notion of "true" and "stylized" fragments to show the continuum of options available to a Romantic composer active within this genre. 

Articles in Progress

"Redefining the Romantic fragment"(2018)

Conference Papers

"differentiating 'true' and 'stylized' romantic fragments: A Schenkerian approach"

  • 18th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (2014)  (Abstract) (Handout
  • New England Conference of Music Theorists (2014)

"Redefining the Romantic fragment"