Engaging Music Essays in Music Analysis

ISBN-10: 0195170105
ISBN-13: 9780195170108
Edition: 2004
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Description: The first collection of its kind, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis includes twenty-two selections by highly esteemed contemporary music theorists, sixteen of which were written especially for this volume. Featuring work by such luminaries as  More...

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Book details

List price: $72.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/4/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

The first collection of its kind, Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis includes twenty-two selections by highly esteemed contemporary music theorists, sixteen of which were written especially for this volume. Featuring work by such luminaries as Charles Burkhart, Edward T. Cone, Allen Forte, David B. Lewin, and Carl Schachter, the book is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in form and analysis. It also serves as an invaluable reference for music teachers, students, and musicians. Opening with an introduction to writing analytical essays, Engaging Music then presents introductory readings that describe analytical approaches to rhythm, meter, and phrase; pitch (twelve-tone music); form in jazz and rock music; and musical ambiguity. The following essays offer exemplary models of analysis that cover a wide range of composers, from the Baroque (Purcell and Bach) and the Classical (Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart) to the 19th-century (Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, and Wagner) and the early 20th-century (Bartok, Schoenberg and Webern). The selections explore a diversity of genres--from opera to music for computer-generated tape--and a variety of analytical approaches, from Schenkerian to feminist. The volume also includes analyses of popular music (from jazz to a Sarah MacLachlan song) and of a relatively recent work by Barbara Kolb. A comprehensive glossary defines terms and concepts that may be unfamiliar to students, and a selected bibliography suggests other appropriate readings. Reflecting the broad spectrum of current interests and perspectives in the field, Engaging Music provides a unique window into the multifaceted world of music theory and analysis.

Preface
Introduction to Writing Analytical Essays
Introduction to Analytical Topics and Techniques
Rhythm, Meter, and Phrase
The Phrase Rhythm of Chopin's A-flat Mazurka, Op. 59, No. 2
Hypermeter and Hypermetric Irregularity in the Songs of Josephine Lang
Pitch
Schenker's Conception of Musical Structure
"Learn to Draw Bob Hope!" Mort Drucker, Arnold Schoenberg, and Twelve-Tone Music
Form
Analyzing the Unity within Contrast: Chick Corea's "Starlight"
Form in Rock Music: A Primer
Musical Ambiguity
Introduction to Musical Ambiguity
Attacking a Brahms Puzzle
Model Essays: Text and Music
Figaro's Mistakes
Motive and Text in Four Schubert Songs
Isolde's Transfiguration in Words and Music
Meaning in a Popular Song: The Representation of Masochistic Desire in Sarah McLachlan's "Ice,"
In Search of Purcell's Dido
Model Essays: Instrumental
Performance and Analysis
The Presto from Bach's G-Minor Sonata for Violin Solo: Style, Rhythm, and Form in a Baroque Moto Perpetuo
Dramatic Progression in Haydn, Sonata No. 46 in A-flat, Adagio
Form
Formal and Expressive Intensification in Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, Second Movement
Playing with Forms: Mozart's Rondo in D Major, K. 485
Pitch
Two Post-tonal Analyses, Webern, "Wie bin ich froh!" from Three Songs, Op. 25; Schoenberg, "Nacht," from Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
"This music crept by me upon the waters": Introverted Motives in Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata
"Rounding Up the Usual Suspects?": The Enigmatic Narrative of Chopin's C-sharp Minor Prelude
Texture
Texture and Timbre in Barbara Kolb's Millefoglie for Chamber Orchestra and Computer-Generated Tape
Scores
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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