I've been reading a great dissertion on vocal melody in Schoenberg's Op.15; as far as I understand the author prefers the word 'gesture' rather than 'phrase'. From the writers words;
'(...) Moreover, musical gestures like cadences and rests subdivide the songs in traditional ways.'
'(...)we shall call such a combination of verse with its accompany melody a gesture.'
These are two different definitions, in my opinion. However, during the analyses, the author uses the word 'gesture' in a meaning which recalls 'phrase' in tonal music. My main question is; although there is no tonal signs that divides either the melody or harmony as there is no tonality in the vocal melody, how did the author separate the 'melodic units (I don't want to use the words 'gesture' or 'musical phrase' here.) and what did he depend on?
When you scroll down to the p.32-34 you'll notice that the gestures intentionally (according to the author) don't coincides with the verses; in other words, the gesture doesn't end when the verse end.
So what's the logic behind this? What's the method of the author to divide the notes on the soprano part into 'gestures' ?
Youtube link to the song+notes:Text from the dissertation for the people who don't have an access to ProQuest: https://ibb.co/PQ8TwFn
My illustration of the gestures depending on what the author says: from m.8 to the beginning of m.10 (b note) = gesture one
from the beginning of m.10 to the E note in the middle of m.10=gesture 2
From this E note to the end of m.12=gesture 3