Teaching Stravinsky: Nadia Boulanger and the Consecration of by Kimberly A. Francis

By Kimberly A. Francis

In 1929 Nadia Boulanger permitted Igor Stravinsky's more youthful son, Soulima, as her pupil. inside years, Stravinsky and Boulanger merged their creative spheres, every one influencing and adorning the cultural paintings of the opposite till the composer's dying in 1971.

Teaching Stravinsky tells Boulanger's tale of the ever-changing nature of her fractious dating with Stravinksy. writer Kimberly A. Francis explores how Boulanger's personal expert task throughout the turbulent twentieth-century intersected along with her efforts on behalf of Stravinsky, and the way this facilitated her personal influential conversations with the composer approximately his works whereas additionally drawing her into shut touch along with his relations. during the theoretical lens of Bourdieu, and drawing upon over a thousand pages of letters and ratings, many released right here for the 1st time, Francis examines the level to which Boulanger performed a foundational function in defining, protecting, and eventually consecrating Stravinsky's canonical identification. She considers how the quotidian occasions within the lives of those icons of modernism educated either their artwork and their expert judgements, and convincingly argues for a reevaluation of the effect of ladies on cultural construction in the course of the 20th century.

At as soon as a narrative of 1 woman's shiny friendship with an iconic modernist composer, and a case learn in how gendered polemics proficient specialist negotiations of the artistic-political fields of the twentieth-century, Teaching Stravinsky sheds new mild not just on how Boulanger taught Stravinsky, but additionally how, in doing so, she controlled to steer the process modernism itself.

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Elgar the Music Maker by Diana McVeagh

By Diana McVeagh

'The new Diana McVeagh publication on Elgar is first-rate,' wrote Gerald Finzi of her prior learn of the composer, released in 1955. within the thoroughly new Elgar the tune Maker she harvests 5 a long time of recommendations approximately his song, scrutinizing the biographical information that experience due to the fact that been came across and utilizing them to evaluate the ways that they impact the compositions. Diana McVeagh explores Elgar's complicated character and his compositional tools, his sort and his courting to his contemporaries, but it's the tune - nonetheless performed, recorded, enjoyed and mentioned up to ever- that is still her major concentration. every one of Elgar's works is mentioned, balancing details and appraisal, from his juvenilia to his unfinished 3rd Symphony. Diana McVeagh presents a compelling and available significant other to the tune of 1 of England's maximum composers. Musicians, students and CD creditors alike will locate a lot to take pleasure in in Elgar the track Maker.

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Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and by Berlioz, Hugh Macdonald

By Berlioz, Hugh Macdonald

Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise (1843) is a vintage textbook via a grasp of the orchestra, which has now not been to be had in English translation for over a century. it is a publication through and approximately Berlioz, because it presents not just a brand new translation but in addition an intensive statement on his textual content, facing the tools of Berlioz's time and evaluating his guide together with his perform. it's hence a examine of the excessive craft of the main particular orchestrator of the 19th century.

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Redefining Hungarian Music from Liszt to Bartók by Lynn M. Hooker

By Lynn M. Hooker

The most renowned works of nineteenth-century song have been categorized both "Hungarian" or "Gypsy" popular, together with a number of the best-known and least-respected of Liszt's compositions. within the early 20th century, Béla Bartók and his colleagues wondered not just the Hungarianness but in addition the great style of that kind. Bartók argued that it's going to be discarded in want of a countrywide sort dependent within the "genuine" people tune of the agricultural peasantry. among the heyday of the nineteenth-century Hungarian-Gypsy type and its substitute by way of a brand new paradigm of "authentic" nationwide variety was once a lively decades-long debate-one little identified inside of or outdoor Hungary-over what it intended to be Hungarian, eu, and sleek.
Redefining Hungarian track from Liszt to Bartók strains the old approach that outlined the conventions of Hungarian-Gypsy sort. writer Lynn M. Hooker frames her examine round the 1911 social gathering of Liszt's centennial. In so doing, she analyzes Liszt's problematical function as a Hungarian-born composer and chief of Hungarian paintings tune who spent so much of his lifestyles open air of Hungary and puzzled even if Hungary's nationwide track used to be extra the production of Hungarians or Roma (Gypsies). the subjects of race and kingdom that emerge within the dialogue of Liszt are additional constructed in an research of discourse on Hungarian nationwide track through the Hungarian press within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. exhibiting how the "discovery" of "genuine" folks tune through Bartók and Kodály, frequently depicted as a simply "scientific" subject, responds on to matters raised via past writers concerning the "problem of Hungarian music," Hooker argues that the concepts of Bartók and Kodály and their circle are usually not loads in correcting a improper notion of the nationwide as in utilizing the belief of nationwide authenticity to open up freedom for composers to discover extra stylistic concepts, together with the exploration of modernist musical language. Meticulously researched and assuredly written, Redefining Hungarian tune from Liszt to Bartók is crucial interpreting for musicologists, musicians, and concertgoers alike.

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Mendelssohn, Goethe, and the Walpurgis Night: The Heathen by John Michael Cooper

By John Michael Cooper

Mendelssohn, Goethe, and the Walpurgis evening addresses tolerance and popularity within the face of cultural, political, and non secular strife. Its element of departure is the Walpurgis evening. The evening, often referred to as Beltane or could Eve, used to be supposedly an annual witches' Sabbath that founded round the Brocken, the top height of the Harz Mountains. After exploring how a notoriously pagan occasion got here to be named after the Christian missionary St. Walpurgis (ca. 710-79), John Michael Cooper discusses the Night's remedies in numerous heavily interwoven works by way of Goethe and Mendelssohn. His e-book situates these works of their instant own contexts, in addition to between remedies via a wide range of alternative artists, philosophers, and political thinkers, together with Voltaire, Lessing, Shelley, Heine, Delacroix, and Berlioz. In an age of decisive political and spiritual clash, Walpurgis evening turned a heathen muse: a resource of religious notion that was once neither in particular Christian, nor Jewish, nor Muslim. And Mendelssohn's and Goethe's engagements with it supply new insights into its position in ecu cultural heritage, in addition to into problems with political, spiritual, and social identification -- and the kin among cultural teams -- in state-of-the-art international. John Michael Cooper is professor of track at Southwestern college and writer of Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony (Oxford college Press).

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Story of Jazz by Arnad Franck, Merlin Bergerot

By Arnad Franck, Merlin Bergerot

Developed partially from spirituals sung via slaves, jazz is the single really American musical shape. It used to be created through blacks, for blacks. For years, it used to be thought of to be mere leisure, yet with the appearance of bebop within the Forties, younger jazz musicians joined the avant-garde: Bop opened the door to trendy jazz, the privileged expression of progressively more artists, strangers to its origins.

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Franz Liszt and His World (The Bard Music Festival) by Christopher H. Gibbs, Dana Gooley

By Christopher H. Gibbs, Dana Gooley

No nineteenth-century composer had extra different ties to his modern global 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 abb?, he reinvented the live performance event, complicated a innovative time table for symphonic and dramatic track, rethought the probabilities of church tune and the oratorio, and transmitted the rules of recent pianism. The essays introduced jointly in Franz Liszt and His international improve our figuring out of the composer with clean views and an emphasis on old contexts. Rainer Kleinertz examines Wagner's enthusiasm for Liszt's symphonic poem Orpheus; Christopher Gibbs discusses Liszt's pathbreaking Viennese concert events of 1838; Dana Gooley assesses Liszt opposed to the backdrop of antivirtuosity polemics; Ryan Minor investigates cantatas written in honor of Beethoven; Anna Celenza deals 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 appears to be like at how publishers sustained Liszt's acceptance; and Leon Botstein explores Liszt's position within the transformation of nineteenth-century preoccupations relating to faith, the state, and paintings. Franz Liszt and His global additionally comprises key biographical and significant files from Liszt's lifetime, which open new home windows on how Liszt used to be seen by means of his contemporaries and the way he needed to be considered by way of posterity. Introductions to and commentaries on those files are supplied by way of Peter Bloom, Jos? Bowen, James Deaville, Allan Keiler, Rainer Kleinertz, Ralph Locke, Rena Charnin Mueller, and Benjamin Walton.

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Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by his Pupils by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger

By Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger

The debts of Chopin's scholars, associates and contemporaries, with his personal writing, supply beneficial insights into the musician's pianistic and stylistic perform, his instructing tools and his aesthetic ideals. This exact selection of files, edited and annotated by way of Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, unearths Chopin as instructor and interpreter of his personal song. incorporated during this examine is wide appendix fabric that offers annotated rankings, and private bills of Chopin's enjoying via scholars, writers, and critics.

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Schoenberg and redemption by Schönberg, Arnold; Brown, Julie A.; Wagner, Richard

By Schönberg, Arnold; Brown, Julie A.; Wagner, Richard

Schoenberg and Redemption offers a brand new method of figuring out Schoenberg's step into atonality in 1908. Reconsidering his threshold and early atonal works, in addition to his theoretical writings and a number of formerly unexplored archival records, Julie Brown argues that Schoenberg's innovative step was once partly a reaction to Wagner's detrimental fees in regards to the Jewish effect on German track. In 1898 and particularly 1908 Schoenberg's Jewish identification got here into disagreement along with his dedication to Wagnerian modernism to supply an impetus to his radical concepts. whereas acknowledging the wider turn-of-the-century Viennese context, Brown attracts targeted awareness to continuities among Schoenberg's paintings and that of Viennese ethical thinker Otto Weininger, himself an ideological Wagnerian. She additionally considers the afterlife of the composer's ideological place whilst, within the overdue Nineteen Twenties and early Nineteen Thirties, the concept that of redeeming German tradition of its Jewish components took a truly various flip

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