Shostakovich Reconsidered by Allan B. Ho, Dmitry Feofanov

By Allan B. Ho, Dmitry Feofanov

Dmitry Shostakovich's memoirs, Testimony, `related to and edited through Solomon Volkov', were the topic of fierce debate on the grounds that their book in 1979. was once Testimony a forgery, made up by way of 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 each one assault to undermine the image of Shostakovich awarded in his memoirs that of a guy of large ethical stature, bitterly dissatisfied with the Soviet method. the following, Allan Ho and Dmitry Feofanov systematically handle all the accusations levelled at Testimony and Solomon Volkov, Shostakovich's amanuensis, collecting a huge volume of fabric approximately Shostakovich and his place in Soviet society and burying endlessly the image of Shostakovich as a keen player within the communist charade. ALLAN B. HO is a musicologist, DMITRY FEOFANOV a legal professional and pianist.

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Essays on artistic piano playing and other topics by Silvio Scionti

By Silvio Scionti

Silvio Scionti, after constructing himself as a far sought after pianist and instructor on the American Conservatory and The Chicago Musical university, moved along with his spouse Isabel to big apple urban the place the duo played in all of the significant song facilities in Europe, Mexico, and the USA. global warfare II interrupted that profession and Scionti turned Artist in place of abode on the college of North Texas in 1942. As grasp instructor, clinician, conductor, arranger of works for 2 pianos, editor of many works for solo piano, and author of essays on quite a few features of piano taking part in, he attracted the most talented pianists from all around the state, thereby tremendously improving the recognition and progress of the varsity of track. all through Scionti’s tenure at North Texas, his scholars gained nationwide and foreign piano competitions, score along scholars at track colleges equivalent to Juilliard, Eastman, and Curtis.

Silvio Scionti (1882–1973), the celebrated Italian-American pianist and instructor, used to be a prolific author. This e-book, approximately artistry in piano enjoying, includes heretofore unpublished essays that Scionti wrote over a interval of decades. the themes variety from “Basic issues in effective Piano taking part in” and “The paintings of Pedaling” (both richly illustrated with musical examples) to “Memorizing Piano Music,” “Silence—Its Use and Misuse,” and “The Metronome—Its important or damaging Side.

Silvio Scionti used to be a zestful, colourful determine, in addition to a grasp pianist and instructor. His “buoyant spirit,” enthusiasm, expertise, and popularity introduced scholars to Denton from round the nation. tales approximately him, rather approximately his greater than ten-year occupation on the college of North Texas, are legion, and writer Jack Guerry—a former Scionti student—has accumulated lots of them during this remembrance and biography.

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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 attractiveness within the face of cultural, political, and spiritual strife. Its aspect of departure is the Walpurgis evening. The evening, sometimes called Beltane or may perhaps Eve, was once supposedly an annual witches' Sabbath that founded round the Brocken, the top height of the Harz Mountains. After exploring how a notoriously pagan social gathering got here to be named after the Christian missionary St. Walpurgis (ca. 710-79), John Michael Cooper discusses the Night's remedies in different heavily interwoven works by way of Goethe and Mendelssohn. His booklet situates these works of their quick own contexts, in addition to between remedies via a big selection of different artists, philosophers, and political thinkers, together with Voltaire, Lessing, Shelley, Heine, Delacroix, and Berlioz. In an age of decisive political and non secular clash, Walpurgis evening grew to become a heathen muse: a resource of non secular proposal that used to be neither particularly Christian, nor Jewish, nor Muslim. And Mendelssohn's and Goethe's engagements with it supply new insights into its position in ecu cultural historical past, in addition to into problems with political, spiritual, and social identification -- and the family members among cultural teams -- in state-of-the-art international. John Michael Cooper is professor of tune at Southwestern college and writer of Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony (Oxford collage Press).

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The String Quartets of Joseph Haydn by Floyd Grave, Margaret Grave

By Floyd Grave, Margaret Grave

A enormous accomplishment from the age of Enlightenment, the string quartets of Joseph Haydn carry a significant position not just within the composer's oeuvre, but in addition in our smooth notion of shape, kind, and expression within the instrumental song of his day. right here, well known song historians Floyd and Margaret Grave current a clean standpoint on a entire survey of the works. This thorough and distinctive research bargains new insights into the construction of the quartets, the wealth of musical customs and conventions on which they draw, the scope in their suggestions, and their value as reflections of Haydn's inventive character. each one set of quartets is characterised when it comes to its specific mixture of structural conventions and novelties, stylistic allusions, and its certain issues of reference to different opus teams within the sequence. through the booklet, the authors draw awareness to the boundless offer of compositional options in which Haydn seems to be constantly rethinking, reevaluating, and refining the quartet's potentials. additionally they lucidly describe Haydn's well-known penchant for wit, humor, and compositional artifice, illuminating the unforeseen connections he attracts among probably unrelated principles, his irony, and his lightning bolts of shock and thwarted expectation. imminent the quartets from numerous vantage issues, the authors right many triumphing assumptions approximately conference, innovation, and constructing compositional procedure within the tune of Haydn and his contemporaries. Going past conventional modes of research, The String Quartets of Joseph Haydn blends historic research and genuine info with severe appraisal in a fashion that would have interaction all Haydn lovers.

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Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons The Charles by Igor Stravinsky

By Igor Stravinsky

One of many maximum of latest composers has the following set down in delightfully own type his common principles approximately song and a few money owed of his personal adventure as a composer. each concert-goer and lover of tune will take willing excitement in his notes concerning the crucial good points of track, the method of musical composition, idea, musical forms, and musical execution. during the quantity are to he discovered trenchant reviews on such matters as Wagnerism, the operas of Verdi, musical flavor, musical snobbery, the effect of political rules on Russian tune below the Soviets, musical improvisation rather than musical building, the character of melody, and the functionality of the critic of tune. Musical humans of each kind will welcome this primary presentation in English of an surprisingly attention-grabbing ebook.

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