The Road Not Taken by BJ Brooks published on 2012/11/21 20:40:53 +0000 The Road Not Taken is a work exploring interpretive ambiguity. The surface level examines the meaning of the text, and its musical implications. Text painting and my own interpretation of the poem’s meaning are considered in the contour of the phrases. A background examination of the two roads of tonal and neo-tonal concepts occurs concurrently with the surface layer. As the text suggests a traveler’s contemplation of a choice in direction, the music responds with subtle changes from the tonal idiom, with its defining harmonic goals, to a neo-tonal octatonic pitch organization with harmonic goals that are less familiar. This dichotomy is highlighted with Wagner’s “Tristan” chord to suggest a change or choice in the historical direction of musical goals. The work as a whole ends in the ambiguity suggested by the text with no one road being the “correct” choice.