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Making Words Sing
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Song

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  • Date Published: August 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120463

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  • What makes a classical song a song? Covering such contrasting composers as Brahms and Berberian, Schubert and Kurtág, Jonathan Dunsby considers the nature of vocality in songs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The essence and scope of poetic and literary meaning in the Lied tradition is subject to close scrutiny against the backdrop of "new musicological" thinking and music-theoretical orthodoxies. The reader is thus offered the best insights available within an evidence-based approach to musical discourse.

    • Provides in-depth insight into some of the greatest music ever heard
    • Addresses the informed music-lover despite its scholarly integrity
    • Provides detailed but lively critico-analysis of a number of case studies, from Brahms to Copland, and Schubert to Kurtág and Berberian
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    "Dunsby offers a highly original examination of the quality of sung sound in light of the interaction of music settings and their texts. [A] wide-ranging, in-depth study...Recommended." R. Miller, Oberlin College, CHOICE

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120463
    • length: 164 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. An introduction with no words, with intended words, and untheory
    2. A love song: Brahms's Von ewiger Liebe
    3. Boundless opulence: postscripts on Schoenberg's Premonition
    4. Interlude on peace, laws, flowers, and men flying
    5. To Amherst via Vienna
    6. By way of brief conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Jonathan Dunsby, University of Reading

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