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Schoenberg and the New Music

Schoenberg and the New Music
Essays by Carl Dahlhaus

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  • Date Published: March 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521337830

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  • This book is a collection of essays, by the leading German musicologist of our day, on one of the most controversial and influential composers of our century: Arnold Schoenberg. Schoenberg is considered here as a historical figure, as a thinker and theoretician and as a composer whose works may be subjected to technical analysis and/or examined in relation to the history of ideas. Above all, he is considered in the context of the 'New Music', the historical and cultural movement of the first two decades of this century which embrace musicians such as Webern, Schreker and Scriabin (all of whom are allotted individual essays), as well as Schoenberg himself. In addition to historical and analytical essays there are essays of a broader cultural-historical and even sociological import which should interest all those involved with twentieth-century music and ideas.

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    'The volume is among [Dahlhaus's] most thought-provoking … The translators deserve much gratitude for making this most rewarding book available in such clear and readable English.' Oliver Neighbour, Music & Letters

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    • Date Published: March 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521337830
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.525kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Translators' introduction
    1. 'New Music' as historical category
    2. Progress and the avant garde
    3. Avant garde and popularity
    4. New Music and the problem of musical genre
    5. Problems of rhythm in the New Music
    6. Tonality: structure or process?
    7. Schoenberg's poetics of music
    8. Schoenberg's aesthetic theology
    9. Schoenberg and programme music
    10. Musical prose
    11. Emancipation of the dissonance
    12. What is 'developing variation'?
    13. Schoenberg and Schenker
    14. Schoenberg's Orchestral Piece Op. 16, No. 3 and the concept of Klangfarbenmelodie
    15. 'The Obbligato Recitative'
    16. Expressive principle and orchestral polyphony in Schoenberg's Erwartung
    17. Schoenberg's late works
    18. The fugue as prelude: Schoenberg's Genesis composition, Op. 44
    19. Rhythmic structures in Webern's Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6
    20. Analytical instrumentation: Bach's six-part ricercar as orchestrated by Anton Webern
    21. Schreker and modernism: on the dramaturgy of Der ferne Klang
    22. Structure and expression in the music of Scriabin
    23. Plea for a Romantic category: the concept of the work of art in the newest music
    24. On the decline of the concept of the musical work
    25. The musical work of art as a subject of sociology
    26. Form Translated by Stephen Hinton
    27. Composition and improvisation
    28. A rejection of material thinking?
    Notes
    List of sources
    Index.

  • Author

    Carl Dahlhaus

    Translators

    Derrick Puffett

    Alfred Clayton

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