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Communication in Eighteenth-Century Music

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Danuta Mirka, Paul Cobley, Mark Evan Bonds, Claudia Maurer Zenck, William Rothstein, William E. Caplin, Michael Spitzer, Kofi Agawu, Wye J. Allanbrook, Lawrence Zbikowski
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  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107406957

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  • Written by ten leading scholars, this volume assembles studies of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music under the broad rubric of communication. That such an impulse motivates musical composition and performance in this period of European musical history is often acknowledged but seldom examined in depth. The book explores a broad set of issues, ranging from the exigencies of the market for books and music in the eighteenth century through to the deployment of dance topoi in musical composition. A number of close readings of individual works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven draw on a sophisticated body of historically-appropriate technical resources to illuminate theories of form, metre, bass lines and dance topoi. Students and scholars of music history, theory and analysis will find in this volume a set of challenging, state-of-the-art essays that will stimulate debate about musical meaning and engender further study.

    • The first study to cover in depth the topic of communication and music in the eighteenth century
    • Chapters are written by leading scholars in the fields of music theory and communicative science
    • Includes close readings of individual works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven
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    Review of the hardback: 'Two editors have done a fine job of showcasing some of the most interesting voices in music scholarship today. Over the years, the sprightly, optimistic music of the late eighteenth century has fallen victim to some very dull analysis. Here, by contrast, lively ideas meet lively music, with a satisfying result.' Eighteenth-Century Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107406957
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Danuta Mirka
    Part I. Communication and the Market:
    1. Communication and verisimilitude in the eighteenth century Paul Cobley
    2. Listening to listeners Mark Evan Bonds
    3. 'Mannichfaltige abweichungen von der gewöhnlichen sonaten-form': Beethoven's 'Piano-Solo' op. 31 no. 1 and the challenge of communication Claudia Maurer Zenck
    Part II. Musical Grammar:
    4. Metre, phrase structure and manipulations of musical beginnings Danuta Mirka
    5. National metrical types in music of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries William Rothstein
    6. Schoenberg's 'Second Melody', or, 'Meyer-ed' in the bass William E. Caplin
    Part III. Rhetorical Form and Topical Decorum:
    7. A metaphoric model of sonata form: two expositions by Mozart Michael Spitzer
    8. Beethoven's op. 18 no. 3, First Movement: two readings, with a comment on analysis Kofi Agawu
    9. K331, First Movement: once more, with feeling Wye J. Allanbrook
    10. Dance topoi, sonic analogs and musical grammar: communicating with music in the eighteenth century Lawrence Zbikowski
    Afterword Kofi Agawu.

  • Editors

    Danuta Mirka, University of Southampton

    Kofi Agawu, Princeton University, New Jersey


    Danuta Mirka, Paul Cobley, Mark Evan Bonds, Claudia Maurer Zenck, William Rothstein, William E. Caplin, Michael Spitzer, Kofi Agawu, Wye J. Allanbrook, Lawrence Zbikowski

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