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Stravinsky's Late Music

Stravinsky's Late Music

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521602884

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  • This book is the first to be devoted to the music of Stravinsky's last compositional period. In the early 1950s, Stravinsky's compositional style began to change and evolve with astonishing rapidity. He abandoned the musical neoclassicism to which he had been committed for the preceding three decades and, with the stimulus provided by his newly gained knowledge of the music of Schoenberg and Webern, launched himself on a remarkable voyage of compositional discovery. The book focuses on five historical, analytical, and interpretive issues: Stravinsky's relationship to his serial predecessors and contemporaries; his compositional process; the problem of creating formal continuity in a repertoire so obviously discontinuous in so many ways; the problem of writing serial harmony; and the problem of expression and meaning. Challenging conventional interpretations, the book shows that Stravinsky's serial music is not only of great historical significance, but also of astonishing structural originality and emotional power.

    • First book-length study of Stravinsky's last compositional period
    • Provides explanation of Stravinsky's surprising change late in his life
    • Combines analysis with focus on historical and interpretive issues
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    'In elucidating its wider compositional basis, Straus has made a valuable and timely contribution to the understanding of a body of music which may in time impress itself on the wider consciousness of musicians and listeners.' International Record Review

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    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521602884
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 10 tables 106 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Stravinsky in the 'age of serialism'
    2. Compositional process
    3. Form
    4. Harmony
    5. Expression and meaning.

  • Author

    Joseph N. Straus, City University of New York
    Joseph N. Straus is Professor of Music at Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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