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A Handbook to Twentieth-Century Musical Sketches

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Friedemann Sallis, Patricia Hall, Giselher Schubert, Ulrich Mosch, Therese Muxeneder, Erika Schaller, William Koseluk, Regina Busch, László Somfai, Tomi Mäkelä, Pascal Decroupet, Denis Vermaelen, Ross Feller, Larry Austin
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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107405400

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  • The scholarly study of autograph sources has exploded over the past quarter century especially in the field of twentieth-century music. Yet, few if any courses or seminars broach the subject of sketch studies and the skills required to examine the manuscripts. This book surveys the knowledge necessary to work efficiently in archives and libraries with the skills and techniques specifically related to sketch studies: transcription, reconstructing sketchbooks, deciphering handwriting, and dating documents.

    • Covers the music of the entire twentieth century. Sketches of many composers are examined in detail
    • Cuts across disciplinary and cultural borders. Contributing authors are from both Europe and North America
    • Provides insight into how the recent developments of information technology has affected archival practice and the working methods of composers
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    "… a wide-ranging, handsomely presented, pedagogical survey that is intended to explain 'how scholars and students should work with and think about the composer's working manuscripts' … invaluable resource … The contributing authors strike a fair balance between practical guidance and specific research concerns, and there is a useful appendix that lists the addresses of thirty-eight archives and institutes that house twentieth-century music manuscripts … offers sound advice … invaluable … The author's extensive knowledge of Bartok's sketches is amply illustrated in this chapter … this information is fascinating."
    Twentieth-Century Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107405400
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Friedemann Sallis and Patricia Hall
    1. Sketches and sketching Giselher Schubert and Friedemann Sallis
    2. Preliminaries before visiting an archive Ulrich Mosch
    3. Archival etiquette Therese Muxeneder
    4. Coming to terms with the composer's working manuscripts Friedemann Sallis
    5. The classification of musical sketches exemplified in the catalogue of the Archivio Luigi Nono Erika Schaller
    6. Digital preservation of archival material William Koseluk
    7. Transcribing sketches Regina Busch
    8. A tale of two sketchbooks: reconstructing and deciphering Alban Berg's sketchbooks for Wozzeck Patricia Hall
    9. 'Written between the desk and the piano': dating Béla Bartók's sketches László Somfai
    10. Defining compositional process: idea and instrumentation in Igor Stravinsky's Ragtime (1918) and Pribaoutki (1915) Tomi Mäkelä
    11. Floating hierarchies: organisation and composition in works by Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 1950s Pascal Decroupet
    12. Elliot Carter's sketches: spiritual exercises and craftsmanship Denis Vermaelen
    13. E-Sketches: Brian Ferneyhough's use of computer assisted compositional tools Ross Feller
    14. John Cage's Williams Mix (1951–3): the restoration and new realizations of and variations on the first octophonic, surround-sound tape composition Larry Austin
    Appendix. Select list of institutions housing manuscript collections of twentieth-century composers.

  • Editors

    Patricia Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Friedemann Sallis, Université de Moncton, Canada


    Friedemann Sallis, Patricia Hall, Giselher Schubert, Ulrich Mosch, Therese Muxeneder, Erika Schaller, William Koseluk, Regina Busch, László Somfai, Tomi Mäkelä, Pascal Decroupet, Denis Vermaelen, Ross Feller, Larry Austin

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