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The Philosopher's Stone

Essays in the Transformation of Musical Structure

By Barbara Barry

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Format: Hardback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 15 July 2000
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The Philosopher's Stone is a collection of case studies in compositional process; not so much about how the music was arrived at through its sketch stages, but more are construction of issues of form as the defining features of a genre, and structure as the individual realization in a particular work. Great musical movements and works are seen as highly creative solutions to problem-solving. The contexts of the works differ considerably. Some were written against the background of a specific precedent or model, as with Mozart's Haydn quartets via Haydn's Op. 33 set. In other cases, as with Beethoven's middle period style, the composer reconsiders a comprehensive range of implications about style and construction, of how, after earlier successes now outworn, to make a new and significant contribution to the genre without duplicating earlier solutions. The essays are grouped into three sections: on Beethoven studies, Mozart in retrospect, and nineteenth-century music. All the movements and works in these chapters pose in their different ways these issues of strucic. All the movements and works in these chapters pose in their different ways these issues of structural reinterpretation and r
EAN: 9781576470107
ISBN: 1576470105
Publisher: Pendragon Press
Dimensions: 9 x 6 centimeters (0.57 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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