There's a Place For Us: The Musical Theatre Works of Leonard by Helen Smith

By Helen Smith

Leonard Bernstein used to be the imperative American musician. via his careers as conductor, pianist, instructor and tv character he grew to become identified around the US and the area, his flamboyance and theatricality making him a favorite with audiences, if no longer with critics. although, he's probably top remembered as a composer, really of the musical West aspect tale, and for songs equivalent to 'America', 'Tonight' and 'Somewhere'. Dr Helen Smith takes an in-depth examine all 8 of Bernstein's musical theatre works, from the early in town written via the 26-year-old composer firstly of his profession, to his moment and final opera A Quiet position in 1983; in among those items he composed track for hassle in Tahiti, impressive city, Candide, West aspect tale, Mass and 1600 Pennsylvania road. those works are analysed and regarded opposed to a history of musical and social context, in addition to Bernstein's different orchestral, choral and chamber works. One very important element tested is Bernstein's use of motifs in his theatre compositions, which takes them out of the geographical regions of Broadway and into the sector of symphonic writing. Smith offers an fundamental assessment of the musical theatre works of an eclectic composer, and exhibits what it's that constitutes the Bernstein 'sound'.

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The High-Kilted Muse: Peter Buchan and His Secret Songs of by Murray Shoolbraid,Ed Cray

By Murray Shoolbraid,Ed Cray

In 1832 the Scottish ballad collector Peter Buchan of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, offered an anthology of risqué‚ and convivial songs and ballads to a Highland laird. whilst Professor Francis James baby of Harvard was once getting ready his magisterial variation of The English and Scottish well known Ballads, he made enquiries approximately it, however it used to be now not made on hand in time to be thought of for his paintings. On his demise it was once provided to the kid Memorial Library at Harvard. as a result of its unseemly fabrics, the manuscript has languished there ever considering the fact that, unprinted, even though now known and back, and some goods have every now and then made an appearance.

The manuscript has now been transcribed with complete annotation and with an advent at the compiler, his instances, and the Scottish bawdy culture. It comprises the texts (without tunes) of seventy-six bawdy songs and ballads, besides a long-lost scatological poem attributed to the Edinburgh author James "Balloon" Tytler. Appendices provide info of Buchan's released collections of ballads. also, there's a checklist of story forms and motifs, a word list of Scots and archaic phrases, a bibliography, and an index. The High-Kilted Muse brings to gentle a long-suppressed quantity and fills in a superb hole in released bawdy songs and ballads.

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Interpreting Historical Keyboard Music: Sources, Contexts by Andrew Woolley,Andrew, Dr Woolley,John, Dr Kitchen

By Andrew Woolley,Andrew, Dr Woolley,John, Dr Kitchen

Research within the box of keyboard stories, specially while in detail attached with problems with functionality, is usually serious about the rapid operating environments and practices of musicians of the prior. a huge pedagogical instrument, the keyboard has served because the ‘workbench’ of numerous musicians over the centuries. within the technique it has formed the ways that many historic musicians completed their aspirations and went approximately assembly inventive demanding situations. In contemporary many years curiosity has became in the direction of a contextualized knowing of artistic procedures in tune, and keyboard reports seems to be good positioned to give a contribution to the exploration of this wider situation. the 19 essays gathered the following surround the diversity of study within the box, bringing jointly contributions from performers, organologists and song historians. Questions suitable to problems with inventive perform in a variety of old contexts, and of interpretative matters confronted at the present time, shape a guiding thread. Its scope is wide-ranging, with contributions protecting the mid-sixteenth to early 20th century. it's also inclusive, encompassing the various variety of techniques to the sector of latest keyboard reports. jointly the essays shape a survey of the ways that the examine of keyboard functionality can improve our figuring out of musical existence in a given period.

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A Communion Sunday in Scotland ca. 1780: Liturgies and by Robin A. Leaver,Bryan D. Spinks

By Robin A. Leaver,Bryan D. Spinks

resources for seventeenth, 18th, and early 19th-century Eucharistic practices within the Church of Scotland are scarce, partly simply because each one minister was once unfastened to attract up the shape and content material of the providers he carried out. additionally, many nineteenth and twentieth century liturgical students selected to brush off this way of public worship, as an alternative concentrating on the sooner culture of the booklet of universal Order. A Communion Sunday in Scotland ca. 1780: Liturgies and Sermons addresses the shortage of those liturgical reviews through proposing a contemporary variation of a past due 18th-century released account of Communion Sunday within the Church of Scotland. Robin A. Leaver edits and annotates a number of sermons, prayers, and congregational songs through the Reverend John Logan (1747?-1788), including correct history details and comparative files. bringing up Logan's sermons, liturgies, and psalms as a consultant version, Leaver demonstrates that there has been a constructed liturgical constitution and shape within the Church of Scotland, during which preaching, psalmody, and prayer expressed Calvinist/Presbyterian theology inside of tested styles of worship. Leaver additionally presents an summary of Scottish Eucharistic practices from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Appendixes providing a listing of Scottish Psalm Tunes and a translation of the Palatinate Liturgy (1563) are through a entire bibliography, making this a important reference.

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A Soviet Credo: Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony by Pauline Fairclough

By Pauline Fairclough

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his inventive 'credo', Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony was once now not played publicly till 1961. right here, Dr Pauline Fairclough tackles head-on essentially the most major and least understood of Shostakovich's significant works. She argues that the Fourth Symphony was once substantially various from its Soviet contemporaries when it comes to its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and for that reason challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at an important level of its improvement. With the backing of admired musicologists akin to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer may well realistically have anticipated the most efficient to have taken position, and will also have meant the symphony to be a version for a brand new form of 'democratic' Soviet symphonism. Fairclough meticulously examines the rating to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic tactics, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical forms, or intonations. Such research is determined deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition through the interval 1932-36, related to Shostakovich's contemporaries Shebalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research is additionally complicated the following, the place more than a few Soviet and Western analytical tools are knowledgeable via the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's overdue examine of Mahler. during this manner, the ebook will considerably raise an realizing of the symphony and its context.

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Tears into Wine: J. S. Bach's Cantata 21 in its Musical and by Eric Chafe

By Eric Chafe

In 1714, the 29 year-old Johann Sebastian Bach was once promoted to the placement of concertmaster on the ducal court docket of Weimar. This submit required him for the 1st time in his already demonstrated profession to supply a customary circulate of church cantatas-one cantata each 4 weeks. one of the most vital works of this era is Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis in meinem Herzen (Cantata 21). mostly recognized in English as "I had a lot affliction," Cantata 21 attracts from numerous psalms and the e-book of Revelations and provides an outline of the religious ascent of the soul from excessive tribulation to pleasure and exaltation. even supposing extensively played and enjoyed by way of musicians, Cantata 21 has persisted a lot feedback from students and critics who declare that the piece lacks organizational readability and stylistic coherence. In Tears into Wine, well known Bach student Eric Chafe demanding situations the scholarly consensus, arguing that Cantata 21 is a really conscientiously designed paintings, and that it monitors a convergence of musical constitution and theological goal that's paradigmatic of Bach's sacred paintings as a whole.

Drawing on a variety of Lutheran theological writing, Chafe exhibits that Cantata 21 reaches past the scope of the person liturgical social gathering to voice a breadth of that means that encompasses a lot of the center of Lutheran suggestion. Chafe artfully demonstrates that rather than easily proposing a musical depiction of the soul's trip from sorrow to bliss, Cantata 21 expresses a few of the phases of God's revelation and their impression at the believing soul. accordingly, Chafe unearths that Cantata 21 has a proper layout that mirrors Lutheran trust in unfolding revelation, with the ultimate flow representing the work's "crown"--the aim towards which all the previous events are directed. entire with complete textual content translations of the cantata and the liturgical readings that may have followed it on the first functionality, Tears into Wine is a enormous e-book that's ultimate for Bach students and scholars, in addition to these typically attracted to the connection among theology and music.

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"The Artist-Operas of Pfitzner, Krenek and Hindemith by Claire Taylor-Jay

By Claire Taylor-Jay

this can be the 1st book-length learn of the style of 'artist-opera', within which the work's principal personality is an artist who's uncomfortable together with his position on this planet. It investigates how 3 such operas (Pfitzner's Palestrina (1915), Krenek's Jonny spielt auf (1926) and Hindemith's Mathis der Maler (1935)) contributed to the talk in early twentieth-century Germany in regards to the position of paintings and the artist in glossy society, and examines how a ways the artist-character will be taken as functioning as a character for the genuine composer of the paintings. as a result of their difficulty with where of paintings inside society, the works also are engaged with inherently political questions, and every opera is learn within the mild of the political context of its time: conservatism circa global struggle I, Americanism and democracy, and the increase of nationwide Socialism.

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Miles Davis: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge by Clarence Bernard Henry

By Clarence Bernard Henry

This learn and knowledge advisor presents a variety of scholarship at the existence, occupation, and musical legacy of Miles Davis, and is compiled for an interdisciplinary viewers of students in jazz and well known song, musicology, and cultural experiences. It serves as a great device for librarians, researchers, and students sorting during the sizeable quantity of fabric within the field.

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Tonal Counterpoint for the 21st-Century Musician: An by Teresa Davidian

By Teresa Davidian

Students this present day have grown up within the age of electronic know-how. for this reason, they procedure info in noticeably other ways than previous generations. they prefer their details quickly and think about visible photographs as very important as text. In Tonal Counterpoint for the 21st-Century Musician, Teresa Davidian eventually presents scholars a textbook that's fast, direct, and visual—a direct mirrored image of the age during which they reside. This ebook is straightforward to appreciate, entire, and tremendously sleek in its method of the learn of counterpoint. Written in a method that's transparent, easy, and casual writing sort, Davidian artfully mixes the background of counterpoint with an overview of its constitution, putting musical examples from J. S. Bach aspect by means of aspect with these from The Beatles to demonstrate the universality and forex of counterpoint in tune research and composition.

Designed as a single-semester advent, Tonal Counterpoint brings the examine of counterpoint into the current by:

  • Making abundant use of diagrams and circulate charts
  • Including beneficial step by step advised sheets for studying innovations and fugues
  • Placing simply as a lot emphasis at the composition as at the research of counterpoint
  • Offering a wide array of musical examples, together with the paintings of girls composers, American songwriters, present scholars, and pa song composers

Throughout, Davidian explains how the thoughts of 18th-century contrapoint nonetheless effectively practice to how song consists at the present time.

Tonal Counterpoint for the 21st-Century Musician is perfect for college students within the fields of track thought, composition, track heritage, and function.

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Charles Avison's Essay on Musical Expression: With Related by Pierre Dubois

By Pierre Dubois

Charles Avison's Essay on Musical Expression, first released in 1752, is an immense contribution to the controversy on musical aesthetics which constructed through the 18th century. thought of through Charles Burney because the first essay dedicated to 'musical feedback' right, it verified the first value of 'expression' and reconsidered the relative value of concord and melody. instantly after its e-book it used to be by means of William Hayes's comments (1753), to which Avison himself retorted in his answer. Taken jointly those 3 texts provide a desirable perception into the talk that raged within the 18th century among the promoters of the so-called 'ancient track' (such as Hayes) and the extra 'modern' musicians. past concerns of flavor, what was once at stake in Avison's theoretical contribution used to be the statement that the individual's reaction to tune eventually mattered greater than the dry ideas tested through expert musicians. Avison additionally wrote a number of prefaces to the broadcast versions of his personal musical compositions. This quantity reprints those prefaces and ads along with his Essay to supply an enticing view of eighteenth-century conceptions of composition and function, and a whole survey of Avison's conception of music.

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