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Making Words Sing
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Song

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


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  • What makes a classical song a song? In a wide-ranging 2004 discussion, 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 subjected 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. Schoenberg figures conspicuously as both songsmith and theorist, and some easily comprehensible Schenkerian approaches are used to convey ideas of musical time and expressive focus. In this work of scholarship and theoretical depth, Professor Dunsby's highly original approach and engaging style will ensure its appeal to all practising musicians and students of Romantic and modern music.

    • 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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    Review of the hardback: '… a volume to shake up your thinking.' Classical Music

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    Product details

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

    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

  • Author

    Jonathan Dunsby, University of Reading

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