Download E-books Orchestrating the Nation: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise PDF

By Douglas Shadle

Through the 19th century, approximately 100 symphonies have been written through over fifty composers residing within the usa. With few exceptions, this repertoire is nearly forgotten this present day. In Orchestrating the country: The Nineteenth-Century American Symphonic Enterprise, writer Douglas W. Shadle explores the lovely stylistic variety of this large repertoire and uncovers why it did not input the musical mainstream.

Throughout the century, american citizens longed for a different nationwide musical identification. because the so much prestigious of all instrumental genres, the symphony proved to be a powerful car during this undertaking as composers stumbled on proposal for his or her works in a stunning array of topics, together with Niagara Falls, Hiawatha, and Western pioneers. With a wealth of musical resources at his disposal, together with never-before-examined manuscripts, Shadle finds how each one portion of the symphonic enterprise-from its composition, to its functionality, to its rapid and endured reception via listeners and critics-contributed to competing visions of yankee identity.

Employing an cutting edge transnational old framework, Shadle's narrative covers 3 continents and exhibits how the tune of significant eu figures equivalent to Beethoven, Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, Brahms, and Dvorák exerted major effect over dialogues concerning the way forward for American musical tradition. Shadle demonstrates that the perceived authority of those figures allowed snobby conductors, capricious critics, or even orchestral musicians themselves to thwart the efforts of yank symphonists regardless of frequent public aid in their tune. therefore, those works by no means entered the acting canons of yank orchestras.

An engagingly written account of a mostly unknown repertoire, Orchestrating the Nation exhibits how inventive and ideological debates from the 19th century proceed to form the tradition of yankee orchestral song today.

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Download E-books Music as Thought: Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven PDF

By Mark Evan Bonds

Before the 19th century, instrumental tune used to be thought of not so good as vocal track. Kant defined wordless tune as "more excitement than culture," and Rousseau disregarded it for its lack of ability to express recommendations. yet by means of the early 1800s, a dramatic shift used to be below manner. simply instrumental tune was once now being hailed as a way to wisdom and embraced accurately due to its independence from the boundaries of language. What had as soon as been perceived as leisure was once heard more and more as a motor vehicle of notion. Listening had turn into a manner of knowing.

Music as Thought lines the roots of this primary shift in attitudes towards listening within the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries. concentrating on responses to the symphony within the age of Beethoven, Mark Evan Bonds attracts on modern bills and quite a number sources--philosophical, literary, political, and musical--to exhibit how this track used to be skilled through those that heard it first.

Music as Thought is an engaging reinterpretation of the factors and results of a revolution in listening.

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Download E-books The Great American Symphony: Music, the Depression, and War PDF

The years of the good melancholy, global battle II, and their aftermath introduced a sea switch in American song. this era of financial, social, and political adversity can really be thought of a musical golden age. within the realm of classical song, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Howard Hanson, Virgil Thompson, and Leonard Bernstein―among others―produced symphonic works of significant energy and lasting good looks in the course of those stricken years. It was once in this serious decade and a part that modern writers on American tradition started to speculate approximately "the nice American Symphony" and appeared to those composers for tune that will embrace the spirit of the nation.

In this quantity, Nicholas Tawa concludes that they succeeded, at the least, in generating tune that belongs within the cultural reminiscence of each American. Tawa introduces the symphonists and their significant works from the romanticism of Barber and the "all-American" Roy Harris during the theatrics of Bernstein and Marc Blitzstein to the broad-shouldered attraction of Thompson and Copland. Tawa's musical descriptions are bright and private, and invite track fanatics and proficient musicians alike to show back to the outstanding and lasting track of this time.

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Download E-books Perspectives on Jewish Music: Secular and Sacred PDF

By Jonathan L. Friedmann

Perspectives on Jewish Music provides 5 specified and fascinating explorations of Jewish song. parts lined contain self-expression in modern Jewish secular tune, the increase of renowned song within the American synagogue, the theological specifications of the cantor, the position of girls in Sephardic tune and society, and the non-public reflections of a number one determine in American synagogue tune. Its wide-ranging subject matters and disciplinary methods supply facts for the centrality of tune in Jewish spiritual and secular existence, and show that Jewish track is as assorted because the Jews themselves. From those reports, readers will achieve an appreciation of either what Jewish song is and what it does. This e-book should be valuable for college kids, practitioners, and students of Jewish secular and non secular song and Jewish cultural reviews, in addition to ethnomusicologists focusing on Jewish or spiritual music.

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Download E-books Mahler's Sixth Symphony: A Study in Musical Semiotics (Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis) PDF

The phrases of structuralist and post-structuralist idea were largely debated in the box of song research lately. even if, only a few analyses have tried to deal with the repertoire of enormous orchestral works of the flip of the century - works which appear most manifestly to flee the kinds of traditional research. This research makes use of a semiotic thought of signification as a way to examine kinds of musical verbal exchange. Musical that means is outlined on numerous degrees from constructions immanent to the paintings, via questions of culture and style, to attention of the symphony as a story along different modern non-musical texts. principles from Eco, Barthes, and Derrida are deployed in the context of shut research of the ranking for you to unite particularly analytical insights with cultural hermeneutics.

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Download E-books Choral Repertoire PDF

By Dennis Shrock

Choral Repertoire is the definitive and entire one-volume presentation of the canon of the Western choral culture. Designed for working towards conductors and administrators, scholars and lecturers of choral track, beginner singers, students, and vocal fanatics, it really is an account of the entire choral output of the main major composers of this style all through heritage. equipped by means of period (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern), Choral Repertoire covers common features of every ancient period; tendencies and types certain to varied international locations; biographical sketches of over 500 composers; and function annotations of greater than 5,000 person works. This booklet might be a vital advisor to programming, a reference instrument for application notes and different study, and, most significantly, a key source for conductors, teachers, students, and scholars of choral music.

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Download E-books The Quest for the Gesamtkunstwerk and Richard Wagner PDF

The Gesamtkunstwerk ('total paintings of art'), as soon as a key proposal in Wagner reports, has turn into difficult. This publication sheds gentle in this conundrum via first tracing the advance of the concept that within the nineteenth century via chosen examples, a few of which come with combos of other paintings varieties. It then makes a speciality of the end result of the Gesamtkunstwerk in Wagner's theories and within the perform of his overdue song dramas, of which Der Ring des Nibelungen is the main entire illustration. eventually, the e-book contrasts the view of the Ring as a fusion of dramatic textual content and track with the 20 th century pattern in the direction of Deconstruction in Wagnerian productions and the significance of Régie. by contrast development a case is made right here for a clean severe process and a reconsideration of the character and foundation for the elemental team spirit which has hitherto been extensively perceived in Wagner's Ring. techniques via Leitmotiv by myself aren't any longer applicable. in spite of the fact that, along with one other precept, second, which Wagner insisted on combining with purpose, those may be ingeniously 'staged' and urged to dramatic ends via musical dynamics and expressive units corresponding to accumulation. research of the 2 Erda scenes demonstrates how this complicated mix of assets acts as a strong technique of fusion of the musical and dramatic components within the Ring and confirms its prestige as a Gesamtkunstwerk.

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Download E-books Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture PDF

By Paul Fryer

This selection of essays explores the connection among opera and the advance of media know-how from the overdue nineteenth to the early twenty first century. Taking a global standpoint, the contributing authors, each one with large adventure as students or practitioners of the paintings, disguise numerous subject matters together with audio, video and picture recording, modern serious responses, well known and "high forehead" tradition, reside and recorded functionality, lighting fixtures and function expertise, media advertising and ads.

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