Download E-books Mendelssohn in Performance PDF

Exploring many points of Felix Mendelssohn's multi-faceted profession as musician and the way it intersects together with his paintings as composer, members talk about useful problems with tune making akin to functionality area, tools, pace markings, dynamics, phrasings, articulations, fingerings, and software thoughts. They current the conceptual and ideological underpinnings of Mendelssohn's method of functionality, interpretation, and composing throughout the contextualization of particular functionality occasions and during the theoretic actualization of performances of particular works. members depend on manuscripts, marked or edited ratings, and function components to exhibit a deeper knowing of musical expression in 19th-century Germany. This learn of Mendelssohn's paintings as conductor, pianist, organist, violist, accompanist, track director, and editor of previous and new track bargains beneficial views on 19th-century functionality perform issues.

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Download E-books Interpreting Chopin: Analysis and Performance PDF

By Alison Hood

Tune idea is usually noticeable as self reliant from - even antithetical to - functionality. whereas tune conception is an highbrow company, functionality calls for an intuitive reaction to the track. yet this binary competition is a fake one, which serves neither the theorist nor the performer. In analyzing Chopin Alison Hood brings her event as a performer to endure on modern analytical types. She combines major elements of present analytical methods and applies that distinctive man made solution to chosen works by way of Chopin, casting new mild at the composer’s preludes, nocturnes and barcarolle. An extension of Schenkerian research, the explicit mixture of 5 features distinguishes Hood’s process from past analytical techniques. those 5 equipment are: realization to the rhythms created by means of pitch occasions on all structural degrees; a close accounting of the musical floor; 'strict use' of analytical notation, following directions provided via Steve Larson; a continuing drawback with what were referred to as 'strategies' or 'premises'; and an exploration of the way recorded performances may be considered when it comes to analytical judgements, or may perhaps even form these judgements. development at the paintings of such authors as William Rothstein, Carl Schachter and John Rink, Hood’s method of Chopin’s oeuvre increases interpretive questions of valuable curiosity to performers.

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Download E-books A Shostakovich Companion PDF

By Michael Mishra

Adopting a two-books-in-one layout. The Shostakovich Companion combines a full-length, single-author exam of the existence and compositional evolution of the Soviet Union's most renowned composer; and a symposium within which various analytical suggestions is utilized to chose Shostakovich works and genres. this is often the 1st accomplished English-language ebook in twenty-five years during which the first emphasis is on musical matters, and the secondary emphasis is at the biographical and much-debated political issues.

The The Shostakovich Companion is split into 4 components. half I considers the hermeneutic ideas which have been utilized to Shostakovich's tune, besides a few of the controversies surrounding his existence and his courting to Soviet politics. half II includes the book's crucial life-and-works dialogue, uniting a finished exam of Shostakovich's compositional evolution with an entire account of his existence. Coming from numerous authors, the chapters partially III show a cross-section of analytical concepts which could usefully be dropped at endure upon Shostakovich's tune. those diversity from literary and cinematically-based how you can the extra conventional sorts of musical research. half IV considers 3 self reliant yet the most important points of Shostakovich's lifestyles: his contributions to the Soviet movie undefined, his occupation as a pianist, and his legacy and impact as a teacher.

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Download E-books The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms PDF

By Russell Stinson

During this penetrating examine, Russell Stinson explores how 4 of the best composers of the 19th century--Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Johannes Brahms--responded to the version of Bach's organ track. the writer indicates that this quadrumvirate not just borrowed from Bach's organ works in growing their very own masterpieces, no matter if for keyboard, voice, orchestra, or chamber ensemble, yet that additionally they reacted considerably to the tune as performers, editors, theorists, and lecturers. additionally, the booklet unearths how those 4 titans motivated each other as "receptors" of this repertory and the way their mutual acquaintances--especially Clara Schumann--contributed in addition.
As the 1st finished dialogue of this subject ever tried, Stinson's e-book represents an enormous breakthrough within the literature at the so-called Bach revival. He considers biographical in addition to musical facts to reach at a number of latest and occasionally startling conclusions. choked with interesting anecdotes, the research additionally comprises distinct observations on how those composers annotated their own copies of Bach's organ works.
Stinson's ebook is totally up to date and provides a lot fabric formerly unavailable in English. it really is meticulously annotated and listed, and it positive factors quite a few musical examples and facsimile plates in addition to an exhaustive bibliography. integrated in an appendix is Brahms's hitherto unpublished research rating of the myth in G significant, BWV 572. Engagingly written, this research could be learn by way of somebody in any respect drawn to the track of Bach or the tune of the 19th century.

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Download E-books The Mystery of Chopin's Préludes PDF

By Anatole Leikin

Chopin's twenty-four Préludes stay as mysterious at the present time as once they have been newly released. What brought on Franz Liszt and others to think about Chopin's Préludes to be compositions of their personal correct instead of introductions to different works? What did set Chopin's Préludes so enormously except their forerunners? What precisely used to be 'the morbid, the feverish, the repellent' that Schumann heard in Opus 28, in that 'wild motley' of 'strange sketches' and 'ruins'? Why did Liszt and one other, nameless, reviewer publicly recommend that Lamartine's poem Les Préludes served as an thought for Chopin's Opus 28? And, if that's certainly the case, how did the poem have an effect on the constitution and the thematic contents of Chopin's Préludes? And, finally, is Opus 28 a random collection of brief items or a cohesive cycle? during this monograph, richly illustrated with musical examples, Anatole Leikin combines old views, hermeneutic and thematic analyses, and a number of functional implications for performers to discover those questions and light up the tune of 1 of the easiest enjoyed collections of song for the piano.

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Download E-books Rounding Wagner's Mountain: Richard Strauss and Modern German Opera (Cambridge Studies in Opera) PDF

By Bryan Gilliam

Richard Strauss's fifteen operas, which span the years 1893 to 1941, make up the biggest German operatic legacy because Wagner's operas of the 19th century. lots of Strauss's works have been in keeping with texts through Europe's best writers: Oscar Wilde, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Stefan Zweig, between others, and so they overlap probably the most vital and tumultuous stretches of German historical past, comparable to the founding and loss of life of a German empire, the increase and fall of the Weimar Republic, the interval of nationwide Socialism, and the post-war years, which observed a divided East and West Germany. within the first publication to debate all Strauss's operas, Bryan Gilliam units each one paintings in its historic, aesthetic, philosophical, and literary context to bare what made the composer's legacy special. Addressing Wagner's cultural effect upon this legacy, Gilliam additionally bargains new insights into the thematic and harmonic positive aspects that recur in Strauss's compositions.

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Download E-books Brahms and Bruckner as Artistic Antipodes: Studies in Musical Semantics PDF

Within the final 3rd of the 19th century Brahms and Bruckner have been considered as antipodes. is that this belief particularly actual to the old fact or had their contemporaries over priced the «dimension in their distance», as argued later? either wrote autonomously conceived track, either hung on to conventional varieties, and either rejected application track. to discover a solution to this query, half I attempts to explain Brahms’ relation to Bruckner in its biographic, old, inventive and art-theoretical features. on the heart of the second one half, whose topic is Brahms’ early paintings, is the query no matter if Brahms used to be certainly an autonomously operating composer. the subject of the 3rd half is a taboo of Bruckner study: Bruckner’s relation to application tune.
«The moment and 3rd a part of the learn in attaining new insights. With a constant research of biographic information and, concurrently, a cautious scrutiny of musical proof (increased event in assessing the tune of the 19th century), Floros profits convincing interpretations.»
(Friedrich Heller in regards to the German version of the publication)
«The e-book is the results of Floros’s in depth learn of Mahler, within which he came across hitherto undiscovered clues to the translation of Brahms’s and Bruckner’s paintings. many of the borrowings mentioned determine ameliorations among the 2 composers in either ideologies and musical history. lengthy considered ‘absolute’ track, Bruckner’s compositions hold major semantic that means while the composer desired.» (Musical Borrowing)

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Download E-books Shostakovich Reconsidered PDF

Dmitry Shostakovich's memoirs, Testimony, `related to and edited via Solomon Volkov', were the topic of fierce debate seeing that their e-book in 1979. used to be Testimony a forgery, made up via an impudent impostor, or used to be it the deathbed confession of a tendency, yet unbroken, guy? Even now, years after the autumn of the communist regime, a coterie of well-placed Western musicologists have on a regular basis raised objections to Testimony, hoping with every one assault to undermine the image of Shostakovich awarded in his memoirs that of a guy of huge ethical stature, bitterly disenchanted with the Soviet procedure. right here, Allan Ho and Dmitry Feofanov systematically handle all the accusations levelled at Testimony and Solomon Volkov, Shostakovich's amanuensis, collecting an incredible volume of fabric approximately Shostakovich and his place in Soviet society and burying ceaselessly the image of Shostakovich as a keen player within the communist charade.

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Download E-books Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Other Great Masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Others: Transcribed for Piano PDF

By Leopold Godowsky, Karl Tausig, Moritz Moszkowski

This single-volume version of hard-to-find preparations of well-known classical items deals wonderful price to intermediate and complex pianists. Designed to provide musicians an opportunity to play regularly occurring masterworks, the decisions surround transcriptions through well-known pianists, a few of whom are remembered this present day completely for those arrangements.
Contents comprise "Ride of the Valkyries" and different works via Wagner, 3 types of Brahms's "Lullaby," "Chanson Bohême" from Bizet's Carmen, Beethoven's "Turkish March," "Waltz of the vegetation" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and items through Handel, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Strauss, and others.

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