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Self-Quotation in Schubert


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Introduction Commencements and Contexts On the Reception of Schubert's Self-Quotations Two Scores and Their Musical Relationships Parents and Children: On the Background to "Ave Maria" From "Ave Maria" to Trio "Dedicated to nobody, save those who find pleasure in it." Contexts and Conclusions

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Scott Messing is Charles A. Dana Professor of Music at Alma College.


This book offers a much-needed study of Schubert and his practices of self-quotation, a type of musical allusion that has yet to receive a book-length study of any kind, either one devoted to the music of a single composer or to the phenomenon as a whole. Messing's focus is obviously Schubert, but he has much to say about the practice in general, and his analysis will surely influence all subsequent discussions. * . *
Christopher Reynolds, professor of music at University of California -- Davis
Meticulous scholarship. Messing...[frames] this music elegantly within its historical context. His detailed narrative makes it difficult to deny that the [connections he has uncovered...] would have been fully appreciated by all who attended Schubert's Privat-Concert on 26 March 1828. Messing's intriguing discourse blends musical analysis, historical musicology, hermeneutics and psychology that, like Schubert's second piano trio, is intended for nobody except those who find pleasure in it, and it is likely that there will be many who do so. -- Nicholas Rast * Integral Music Theory *

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