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January 26, 2015


Sara Haefeli

This is such a fun read! Thanks. I like thinking about how heavy metal is gendered as male through the metaphor of "power." Distortion = power, amplification = power, virtuosity = male prowess, the power chord!

Again, thanks!

Alex Ludwig

Your description of the feminine theme being "overtaken" by the masculine one is interesting. Along these same lines, the sonata form usually requires the masculine theme to return (unchanged) in the recapitulation, although it need not appear at all; on the other hand, the feminine theme not only must reappear, but also it is required to do so in an altered state, changing from the new key to the original tonic.

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