By Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Townsend, Pauline D.; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Jahn, Otto; Grove, George
By Christopher H. Gibbs, Dana Gooley
No nineteenth-century composer had extra assorted ties to his modern international than Franz Liszt (1811-1886). At quite a few issues in his lifestyles he made his domestic in Vienna, Paris, Weimar, Rome, and Budapest. In his roles as keyboard virtuoso, conductor, grasp instructor, and abbé, he reinvented the live performance adventure, complex a innovative time table for symphonic and dramatic tune, rethought the probabilities of church song and the oratorio, and transmitted the principles of contemporary pianism.
The essays introduced jointly in Franz Liszt and His World strengthen our knowing of the composer with clean views and an emphasis on historic contexts. Rainer Kleinertz examines Wagner's enthusiasm for Liszt's symphonic poem Orpheus; Christopher Gibbs discusses Liszt's pathbreaking Viennese live shows of 1838; Dana Gooley assesses Liszt opposed to the backdrop of antivirtuosity polemics; Ryan Minor investigates cantatas written in honor of Beethoven; Anna Celenza bargains new insights approximately Liszt's adventure of Italy; Susan Youens exhibits how Liszt's songs have interaction with the modernity of Heinrich Heine's poems; James Deaville seems to be at how publishers sustained Liszt's attractiveness; and Leon Botstein explores Liszt's function within the transformation of nineteenth-century preoccupations concerning faith, the kingdom, and art.
Franz Liszt and His World additionally comprises key biographical and demanding records from Liszt's lifetime, which open new home windows on how Liszt was once considered through his contemporaries and the way he needed to be seen through posterity. Introductions to and commentaries on those files are supplied by way of Peter Bloom, José Bowen, James Deaville, Allan Keiler, Rainer Kleinertz, Ralph Locke, Rena Charnin Mueller, and Benjamin Walton.
By Heather Platt, Peter H. Smith
Contributors to this intriguing new quantity study the intersection of constitution and that means in Brahms's tune, using a variety of techniques, from the theories of Schenker to the newest analytical ideas. They mix quite a few viewpoints with the semiotic-based methods of Robert Hatten, and deal with a number of the most vital genres within which Brahms composed. The essays show the expressive energy of a piece in the course of the comparability of particular passages in a single piece to comparable works and during different inventive nation-states reminiscent of literature and portray. the results of this intertextual re-framing is a brand new information of the meaningfulness of even Brahms’s such a lot "absolute" works.
By Richard D. P. Jones
This primary of a two-volume research offers with the sooner a part of Bach's occupation, and examines the output of his early life and its many exterior affects, sooner than relocating directly to research the 1st nice masterpieces during which Bach's personal own voice starts off to emerge.
By John Butt
This examine is a entire evaluation of J. S. Bach's use of articulation marks (i.e. slurs and dots) within the huge physique of fundamental resources. Dr Butt analyses the function of such markings in the compositional procedure, how they relate to the norms of articulation of the interval, and the way they could support us in a deeper realizing and evaluate of Bach's type. With its huge catalogue of the commonest slurring styles in keeping with a examine of over a hundred concerted vocal works, this e-book is precious either for performers on all baroque tools, and for students with an curiosity in Bach's sort and resource experiences. It additionally contributes to our belief of Bach's place in song heritage: the aim of track within the Lutheran Germany of Bach's time and its rhetorical strength; the shut courting among composer and performer in the context of 'practical' track; and the capabilities and improvement of notation.
By Silvio Scionti
Silvio Scionti (1882–1973), the celebrated Italian-American pianist and instructor, was once a prolific author. This e-book, approximately artistry in piano enjoying, comprises heretofore unpublished essays that Scionti wrote over a interval of decades. the subjects variety from “Basic issues in advantageous Piano taking part in” and “The artwork of Pedaling” (both richly illustrated with musical examples) to “Memorizing Piano Music,” “Silence—Its Use and Misuse,” and “The Metronome—Its valuable or damaging Side.
Silvio Scionti was once a zestful, colourful determine, in addition to a grasp pianist and instructor. His “buoyant spirit,” enthusiasm, expertise, and attractiveness introduced scholars to Denton from round the nation. tales approximately him, quite approximately his greater than ten-year profession on the college of North Texas, are legion, and writer Jack Guerry—a former Scionti student—has accrued lots of them during this remembrance and biography.
By David Ledbetter
Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" (the forty eight preludes and fugues) stands on the center of baroque keyboard tune and has been a version and idea for performers and composers ever because it was once written. This advisor to the ninety six items explains Bach's numerous reasons in compiling the track, describes the wealthy traditions on which he drew, and gives commentaries for every prelude and fugue. In his textual content, David Ledbetter addresses the focal issues pointed out through Bach in his unique 1722 name web page. Drawing on Bach literature over the last three hundred years, he explores German traditions of composition varieties and Bach's novel enlargement of them; explains Bach's tools and ideas in keyboard method within the normal context of early 18th-century advancements; reports instructive and theoretical literature on the subject of keyboard temperaments from 1680 to 1750; and discusses Bach's pedagogical cause while composing the "Well-Tempered Clavier". Ledbetter's commentaries on person preludes and fugues may still equip readers with the suggestions essential to make their very own evaluation and contain information regarding the resources whilst info of notation, adorns and fingerings have a touching on functionality.
By Brahms, Johannes; Frisch, Walter; Karnes, Kevin; Brahms, Johannes
Since its first e-book in 1990, Brahms and His World has turn into a key textual content for listeners, performers, and students drawn to the lifestyles, paintings, and occasions of 1 of the 19th century's so much celebrated composers. during this considerably revised and enlarged variation, the editors stay with regards to the imaginative and prescient in the back of the unique publication whereas updating its contents to mirror new views on Brahms that experience constructed over the last 20 years. To this finish, the unique essays by way of best specialists are retained and revised, and supplemented through contributions from a brand new iteration of Brahms students. jointly, they think about such themes as Brahms's dating with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German institution" of Wagner and Liszt, his impact upon Arnold Schoenberg and different younger composers, his method of appearing his personal song, and his efficient interactions with visible artists.
The essays are complemented by way of a brand new collection of feedback and analyses of Brahms's works released via the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways that Brahms's track used to be understood by means of 19th- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North the USA. a brand new number of memoirs by way of Brahms's acquaintances, scholars, and early admirers presents intimate glimpses into the composer's operating tools and character. And a catalog of the tune, literature, and visible arts devoted to Brahms records the breadth of effect exerted via the composer upon his contemporaries.
By Juliane Brand, Christopher Hailey
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is a pivotal determine of musical modernism. The "father of serialism" has stimulated approximately each significant composer of this century, and the belief of Schoenberg, now wild-eyed radical, now embattled moralist, now lonely prophet, is woven into the mythos of smooth paintings. what's extra, the websites of his specialist activityfin de sicle Vienna, the Berlin of the Weimar Republic, and his "exile to paradise" in Los Angelesbring domestic the consultant caliber of his lifestyles and works, which endure witness to a number of the defining studies of our time. This assortment through top Schoenberg students is an interdisciplinary exam of the historic, aesthetic, and highbrow concerns that shaped Schoenberg's artistic character and proceed to persuade our reaction to the modernist legacy of the 1st 1/2 this century. The book's first part, "Contexts," investigates Schoenberg's experience of ethnic, non secular, and cultural id. the second one part, "Creations," specializes in particular works and the interaction among artistic impulse and aesthetic articulation. the ultimate part, "Connections," addresses the connection of Schoenberg's legacy to present-day proposal and perform.
By Judith Kuhn
A radical exam of Shostakovich's string quartets is lengthy past due. even supposing they could justifiably lay declare to being the main major and often played twentieth-century oeuvre for that ensemble, there was no systematic English-language learn of the complete cycle. Judith Kuhn's ebook starts off any such research, undertaken with the idea that, regardless of a growing to be understanding of the universality of Shostakovich's track, a lot is still realized from the ancient context and an exam of the music's language. a lot of the debate approximately Shostakovich's song has been with regards to questions of which means. The conflicting interpretations positioned forth through students in the course of the musicological 'Shostakovich wars' have proven the impossibility of adjusting a unmarried which means within the composer's tune. Commentators have frequently heard the quartets as political in nature, even if there were contradictory perspectives to whether Shostakovich used to be a faithful communist or a dissident. The works also are frequently defined as shiny narratives, might be a confessional autobiography or a chronicle of the composer's occasions. The cycle has additionally been heard to check significant philosophical concerns posed by means of the composer's existence and instances, together with battle, loss of life, love, the clash of forces of excellent and evil, the character of subjectivity, the facility of creativity and where of the person - and especially the artist - in society. Soviet commentaries at the quartets ordinarily describe the works throughout the lens of Socialist-Realist mythological grasp narratives. contemporary Western commentaries see Shostakovich's quartets as expressions of broader twentieth-century subjectivity, choked with ruptures and uncertainty. What musical positive aspects let those various interpretations? Kuhn examines each one quartet in flip, having a look first at its historic and biographical context, with designated cognizance to the cultural questions being mentioned on the time of its writing. She then surveys the work's reception historical past, and follows with a severe dialogue of the quartet's architectural and harmonic good points. utilizing the recent instruments of Sonata concept, Kuhn offers a clean analytical method of Shostakovich's track, giving helpful and particular insights into the quartets, displaying how the composer's mastery of shape has enabled those works to be heard as lively members within the Soviet and Western cultural discourses in their time, whereas closing compelling and proper to twenty-first-century listeners.