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Stravinsky and the Russian Period
Sound and Legacy of a Musical Idiom

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  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107543621

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  • Van den Toorn and McGinness take a fresh look at the dynamics of Stravinsky's musical style from a variety of analytical, critical and aesthetic angles. Starting with processes of juxtaposition and stratification, the book offers an in-depth analysis of works such as The Rite of Spring, Les Noces and Renard. Characteristic features of style, melody and harmony are traced to rhythmic forces, including those of metrical displacement. Along with Stravinsky's formalist aesthetics, the strict performing style he favoured is also traced to rhythmic factors, thus reversing the direction of the traditional causal relationship. Here, aesthetic belief and performance practice are seen as flowing directly from the musical invention. The book provides a counter-argument to the criticism and aesthetics of T. W. Adorno and Richard Taruskin, and will appeal to composers, critics and performers as well as scholars of Stravinsky's music.

    • Proposes a new theory of rhythm and meter in Stravinsky's music
    • Integrates an analysis of the musical materials with issues of aesthetics and performance
    • Provides a counter-argument to the criticism and aesthetics of T. W. Adorno and Richard Taruskin, enabling a new understanding of Stravinsky's musical style
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    "Van den Toorn and McGinness trace the path of their study from the "repetitive patterns, layered structures, and modal harmonies of Stravinsky's Russian-period" by means of major elite compositions, such as Les Noces, Symphony of Pslams, and Three Pieces for String Quartet along with populist elements in les Noces and The Soldier's Tale.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107543621
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 4 tables 145 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Meter and metrical displacement in Stravinsky
    2. The octatonic scale
    3. A brief survey
    4. Meter, motive, and alignment in Les Noces - Stravinsky's block and layered structures
    5. Melody and harmony in Les Noces
    6. Meter, text, and alignment in Renard (1916) - Stravinsky's 'rejoicing discovery'
    7. Allegro! Renard reconsidered
    8. Melodic repeat structures in the music of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Rimsky-Korsakov - another look at the symphonies of wind instruments (1920)
    9. Issues of performance practice and aesthetic belief
    10. Stravinsky and his critics.

  • Authors

    Pieter C. van den Toorn, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Pieter C. van den Toorn is Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Music of Igor Stravinsky (1983), Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring (1987) and Music, Politics, and the Academy (1995). Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring won the Deems Taylor Award (1989) and the Outstanding Publication Award of the Society for Music Theory (1990).

    John McGinness, State University of New York, Potsdam
    John McGinness is an Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam. His essays and articles on topics including the music of Debussy, Stravinsky and Ives have appeared in Musical Quarterly, Music Theory Spectrum and Cahiers Debussy, among other publications. As a pianist specializing in contemporary music, he has premiered over twenty-five new works and has recorded for CRS and Radio Nederland.

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