Rethinking Schumann by Roe-Min Kok, Laura Tunbridge

By Roe-Min Kok, Laura Tunbridge

A provocative re-evaluation of a tremendous romantic composer, Rethinking Schumann presents clean methods to Schumann's oeuvre and its reception from the views of literature, visible arts, cultural heritage, functionality reviews, dance, and movie. normally, study has fascinated by biographical hyperlinks among the composer and his track, encouraging the belief that Schumann used to be solitary, divorced from fact, and often linked to "untimeliness." those eighteen new essays argue from a large number of views that Schumann was once actually greatly a guy of his time, proficient not just by way of song but additionally the tradition and society round him. The publication extra finds that the composer's recognition has been formed considerably by means of, for instance, alterations in attitudes in the direction of German romanticism and its historical past, and up to date advancements in musical scholarship and function. Rethinking Schumann takes under consideration cultural and social-institutional frameworks, engages with ongoing and new problems with reception and historiography, and gives clean music-analytical insights. As a complete, the essays gather a portrait of the artist that displays different ways that Schumann has been understood and misunderstood over the last 200 years. the quantity is, in brief, a well timed reassessment of this eventually non-untimely figure's legacy.While the essays contemplate a few of Schumann's most famed song (Dichterliebe, Kinderszenen and the Piano Quintet), in addition they supply the most important adjustment to judgments opposed to the composer's later works by way of explaining their musical positive factors no longer because the results of diminishing artistic potential yet as reflections of the political and social occasions of mid-nineteenth-century German tradition and technological advancements. Schumann is printed to were a musician engaged through and aware of his atmosphere, whose acceptance was once shaped to a good volume via pop culture, either in his personal lifetime as he spoke back to specific poets and painters, and later, as his existence and works have been replied to by way of next generations.

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Keyboard Music Before 1700 (Routledge Studies in Musical by Alexander Silbiger

By Alexander Silbiger

Keyboard song earlier than 1700 starts off with an outline of the advance of keyboard tune in Europe. Then, person chapters by means of famous gurus within the box conceal the major composers and repertory earlier than 1700 in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Portugal. New to this version is a bankruptcy on functionality perform through the editor, which addresses present concerns within the interpretation and revival of this tune.

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One Woman in a Hundred: Edna Phillips and the Philadelphia by Mary Sue Welsh

By Mary Sue Welsh

Gifted harpist Edna Phillips (1907–2003) joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1930, changing into not just that ensemble's first woman member but in addition the 1st lady to carry a vital place in an enormous American orchestra. Plucked from the Curtis Institute of song in the middle of her stories, Phillips was once simply twenty-three years outdated while Leopold Stokowski, one of many 20th century's such a lot leading edge and debatable conductors, named her primary harpist. This candid, colourful account strains Phillips's trip throughout the aggressive realm of Philadelphia's virtuoso avid gamers, the place she survived--and thrived--thanks to her indisputable expertise, choice, and full of life humor.
Drawing on vast interviews with Phillips, her kinfolk, and co-workers in addition to archival assets, One lady in a Hundred chronicles the learning, aspirations, setbacks, and successes of this pioneering lady musician. Mary Sue Welsh recounts a variety of insider tales of practice session and function with Stokowski and different well known conductors of the interval akin to Arturo Toscanini, Fritz Reiner, Otto Klemperer, Sir Thomas Beecham, and Eugene Ormandy. She additionally depicts Phillips's interactions with fellow performers, the orchestra administration, and her instructor, the wily and marvelous Carlos Salzedo. Blessed with a nimble wit, Phillips navigated a plethora of demanding situations, starting from fake conductors' cues to the advances of the debonair Stokowski and others. She remained with the orchestra via a few of its most fun years from 1930 to 1946 and used to be instrumental in fostering harp functionality, commissioning many major contributions to the literature.

This portrait of Phillips's unprecedented tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra additionally finds the behind-the-scenes lifetime of a recognized orchestra in the course of a interval during which Rachmaninoff declared it "the most interesting orchestra the realm has ever heard." via Phillips's perceptive eyes, readers will watch as Stokowski melds his musicians right into a marvelously versatile ensemble; world-class performers succeed in nice heights and make embarrassing flubs; Greta Garbo involves Philadelphia to monitor her lover Leopold Stokowski at paintings; and the orchestra encounters the unconventional adventure of recording for Walt Disney's Fantasia. a colourful glimpse right into a world-class orchestra on the peak of its glory, One girl in a Hundred tells the attention-grabbing tale of 1 girl courageous adequate and powerful adequate to beat ancient boundaries and pursue her dreams.

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Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen by Wendy Lesser

By Wendy Lesser

Most past books approximately Dmitri Shostakovich have inquisitive about both his symphonies and operas, or his courting to the regime less than which he lived, or either, considering the fact that those large-scale works have been those that attracted the curiosity and occasionally the condemnation of the Soviet specialists. Music for Silenced Voices appears at Shostakovich in the course of the again door, because it have been, of his fifteen quartets, the works which his widow characterised as a "diary, the tale of his soul." The silences and the voices have been of many types, together with the political silencing of adventurous writers, artists, and musicians in the course of the Stalin period; the misplaced voices of Shostakovich's operas (a shape he deserted prior to turning to thread quartets); and the death-silenced voices of his shut neighbors, to whom he devoted a lot of those chamber works.

Wendy Lesser has developed a desirable narrative within which the fifteen quartets, thought of separately in chronological order, lead the reader in the course of the own, political, occasions that formed Shostakovich's singular, emblematic twentieth-century lifestyles. Weaving jointly interviews with the composer's associates, kin, and co-workers, in addition to conversations with present-day musicians who've performed the quartets, Lesser sheds new gentle at the guy and the musician. one of many only a few books approximately Shostakovich that's aimed toward a basic instead of an educational viewers, Music for Silenced Voices is a excitement to learn; even as, it's carefully devoted to the identified proof during this notoriously complex existence. it's going to fill readers with the need to listen to the quartets, that are one of the such a lot compelling and emotionally robust monuments of the earlier century's track.

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Mahler: A Musical Physiognomy by Theodor W. Adorno

By Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno is going past traditional thematic research to realize a extra entire realizing of Mahler's song via his personality, his social and philosophical history, and his second in musical heritage. Adorno examines the composer's works as a continual and unified improvement that all started along with his formative years reaction to the marches and folks tunes of his local Bohemia.

Since its visual appeal in 1960 in German, Mahler has confirmed itself as a vintage of musical interpretation. Now to be had in English, the paintings is gifted the following in a translation that captures the stylistic brilliance of the original.

Theodor W. Adorno (1903-69), one of many most popular individuals of the Frankfurt university of serious thought, studied with Alban Berg in Vienna in the course of the past due twenties, and used to be later the director of the Institute of Social examine on the collage of Frankfurt from 1956 until eventually his demise. His works contain Aesthectic thought, advent to the Sociology of song, The Jargon of Authenticity, Prism, and Philosophy of recent Music.

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Wagner, Schumann, and the Lessons of Beethoven’s Ninth by Christopher Alan Reynolds

By Christopher Alan Reynolds

during this unique learn, Christopher Alan Reynolds examines the impression of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on significant nineteenth-century composers, Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann. in the course of 1845–46 the compositional varieties of Schumann and Wagner replaced in a standard path, towards a mode that used to be extra contrapuntal, extra densely motivic, and engaged in tactics of thematic transformation. Reynolds indicates that the stylistic advances that either composers made in Dresden in 1845–46 stemmed from a deepened knowing of Beethoven’s ideas and methods within the 9th Symphony. The proof supplied via their compositions from this pivotal yr and the encircling years means that they mentioned Beethoven’s 9th with one another within the months major as much as the functionality of this paintings, which Wagner performed on Palm Sunday in 1846. fundamental facets that seem to have them either are Beethoven’s use of counterpoint concerning opposite movement and his sluggish improvement of the “Ode to pleasure” melody during the previous pursuits. Combining a unique exam of the old list with cautious readings of the song, Reynolds provides additional layers to this argument, speculating that Wagner and Schumann won't have come to those discoveries fullyyt independently of one another. the path of impacts that Reynolds explores extends again to the song of Bach and forward to Tristan and Isolde, in addition to to Brahms’s First Symphony.

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Mozart by Alfred Einstein

By Alfred Einstein

Written through one of many world's striking track historians and critics, the past due Alfred Einstein, this vintage examine of Mozart's personality and works brings to mild many new evidence approximately his dating together with his kinfolk, his susceptibility to bold ladies, and his institutions with musical contemporaries, in addition to delivering a penetrating research of his operas, piano track, chamber tune, and symphonies.

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