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A Musicology of Performance : Theory and Method Based on Bach's Solos for Violin

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ISBN: 9782821881723 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Arts in general
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This book examines the nature of musical performance. In it, Dorottya Fabian explores the contributions and limitations of some of these approaches to performance, be they theoretical, cultural, historical, perceptual, or analytical. Through a detailed investigation of recent recordings of J. S. Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, she demonstrates that music performance functions as a complex dynamical system. Only by crossing disciplinary boundaries, therefore, can we put the aural experience into words. A Musicology of Performance provides a model for such a method by adopting Deleuzian concepts and various empirical and interdisciplinary procedures. Fabian provides a case study in the repertoire, while presenti ng new insights into the state of baroque performance practice at the turn of the twenty-first century. Through its wealth of audio examples, tables, and graphs, the book offers both a sensory and a scholarly account of musical performance. These interactive elements map the connections between historically informed and mainstream performance styles, considering them in relation to broader cultural trends, violin schools, and individual artistic trajectories. A Musicology of Performance is a must read for academics and post-graduate students and an essential reference point for the study of music performance, the early music movement, and Bach’s opus.

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Der Filmkomponist Max Steiner (1888-1971)

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ISBN: 9783205788010 Year: Pages: 302 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_453612 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 4305
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This is the first monograph about the Austro-American Composer Max Steiner (1888-1971), one of the great pioneers of film music in the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood. In the early 1930ies with his visionary energy he helped to establish symphonic film music as an integrated part in the film production process. In contrary to many of his colleagues, Mr. Steiner had devoted himself completely to film music. Therefore the preoccupation with Max Steiner's music gives a very valuable insight into the craft of film composing. Supported by many quotes and music examples, the first part of this monograph shows how Mr. Steiner wrote his film music. From the first viewing and the spotting session to the final exact timing of the cues, the whole creative and technical process of his film composing is demonstrated. The music of Max Steiner has a couple of quasi formulaic elements: the regular use of leitmotifs, quotations from his own music and the accurate synchronisation of screen action and music cues (with its extreme form, the so-called mickey mousing). The principles of the subjective use of harmonies as well as the technique of instrumentation are shown. The reader will also learn about the special relationship between composer and orchestrator. This distinctive form of collaboration was typical for the Hollywood cinema of the 30ies and 40ies of the 20th century, the so called Golden Age and still is today. Because the studios wanted to save the precious time of their employed composers, they wanted them to write their music on sketch paper with two to four staves, with the themes, voice leadings, harmonies and basic requirements of instrumentation. Then the orchestrator had to transform this into a complete score. Throughout his whole career, Mr. Steiner had been working with three orchestrators. This collaboration reached such an intuitive level, that is was sufficient that Max Steiner wrote only rudimentary musical information. When these sketches had been transformed into scores, Steiner conducted the studio orchestra, where he normally used the click. The second part of the book is based to a big extent on Steiner's yet unpublished autobiography. Born at the end of the 19th century in Vienna, Max Steiner was considered a musical wunderkind. His father as well as his grandfather before him was a famous theatre impresario. One of his teachers was Gustav Mahler. Steiner's first career as composer, arranger and conductor of operettas and musicals led him from Vienna to London and New York and lasted about 30 years. Then, in 1929, he got a call from Hollywood where he fulfilled his determination as dean of film music (Bette Davis). In the 50ies, when the symphonic film music lost its acceptance also Max Steiner's amount of work decreased. In 1965 he wrote his last of more than 300 scores. With the help of original documents from the archive of Warner Bros., such as memos, letters or billings the reader will get a three dimensional insight not only about how the movie Casablanca was made but on the mechanisms of the movie industry as a whole. Parts of the original sketches and the score of the music for Casablanca have been carefully transformed into a piano reduction to demonstrate even more clearly the efficient use of his skills and the yet highly artistic approach of Mr. Steiner Furthermore an example of this film music is compared to an excerpt of Richard Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen. There the reader will see how film music was not only inspired by but precisely obtained musical tools from the late romantic music theatre. Or, in Max Steiner's own words: "If Wagner would have lived in this century, he would be the number one film composer". Max Steiner is an outstanding protagonist of a generation of European immigrants who formed the cultural life in the USA. He is an important link between his native city Vienna and his new homeland America and through composers such as Steiner the tradition of the late European romantic m

Trouble Songs: A Musicological Poetics

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ISBN: 9781947447448 9781947447455 Year: Pages: 204 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0197.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Music
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Trouble Songs is a hybrid serial work that tracks the appearance of the word “trouble” in 20th- and 21st-century American music. It reads (and sings) songs and poems, with reference to cultural events ranging from the death of a pop singer to the growth of popular resistance movements. The trouble singer invokes the word “trouble” in place of actual trouble—the song is a spell that conjures trouble (from bad luck and disaffection to infidelity, impotence, destitution, and the specter of death) in a temporary form that can be dis-spelled, if only for the length of the song. Singer and song also open a critical space for making trouble, for stirring the heart and mind. This space is a disjunction in time (and a superimposition of events) where singer and listener collaborate on meaning (un/)making as they temporarily transform trouble.

Paisagens sonoras urbanas: História, Memória e Património

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ISBN: 9791036521669 DOI: 10.4000/books.cidehus.7002 Language: Portuguese
Publisher: Publicações do Cidehus
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O presente livro surge como resultado do I Encontro Historical Soundscapes realizado em 2017 na Universidade de Évora e do arranque do Projeto PASEV: Patrimonialização da Paisagem Sonora em Évora (1540-1910), em 2019. Pretende constituir-se por isso como um contributo no que se refere à reflexão e disponibilização de estudos no quadro da Paisagem Sonora (Soundscapes, conceito criado por Raymond Murray Schafer em 1970), enquanto abordagem que tem vindo a ganhar cada vez mais expressão na musicologia internacional e que permite entender a música realizada numa determinada área a partir de uma perspetiva contextual abrangente, como é o caso da escala urbana. Esta abordagem permite reconstruir contextos, circuitos, trânsitos e cartografar a presença da música e dos músicos, entendendo a música como uma atividade social, política e económica e não meramente artística. Os desafios neste domínio vasto prendem-se com a abertura à interdisciplinaridade de abordagens, à diversidade de fontes, à capacidade de “imaginar” soluções para a reconstituição de um património sonoro efémero ou perdido no tempo. O livro não se centra em exclusivo na realidade histórica de Évora, embora se apresentem estudos significativos sobre a música sacra que refletem a vitalidade da investigação que continua a aprofundar o vasto património musical associado à Catedral eborense e à realidade monástico-conventual da cidade. O processo de valorização do Património musical desta cidade no século XX e através da ação do município, é também aqui abordado. Em relação a outras realidades urbanas, um dos grandes desafios continua a ser o estudo de procissões na perspetiva da Paisagem Sonora, sendo aqui abordados os casos de Castelo Branco e Valência. Apresentam-se também estudos que incidem sobre três cidades com abordagens distintas, Vila Viçosa a partir de uma única fonte documental (textos de J. J. R. Espanca), Braga a partir da análise de uma diversidade de fontes e de espaços na cidade (periódicos, cartazes, relatos e quanto a espaços, igrejas, cafés, passeio público ou teatros) e Sevilha abordando igualmente uma diversidade de fontes e espaços num período delimitado aos sete anos de domínio de Primo de Rivera. O protocolo e festividades da Corte são abordadas em épocas e convenções distintas nos séculos XVI e XVIII. São também apresentados modelos de estudo de acordo com espaços ou instituições, como é o caso da Universidade de Sevilha ou do Palácio da Condessa de Barcelona. Dois estudos centram-se ainda nos agentes, i.e. os músicos, nas cidades de Portalegre e Nápoles. Finalmente, um trabalho singular sobre o ambiente sonoro associado ao teatro de marionetas dos bonecos de Santo Aleixo. A proposta do presente livro passa pela abertura a abordagens diversas que exploram elementos distintos e contribuem para a configuração de uma dada paisagem sonora, para estabelecer a sua identidade e singularidade. Apostando em leituras distintas de cariz multidisciplinar, fica aberto o caminho para trabalhos futuros, complementares, visando a salvaguarda da história, da memória e do património musicais.

Im Dienste einer Staatsidee

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ISBN: 9783205789277 Year: Pages: 250 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_446019 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUP 45
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Until today, the death of Charles VI and Maria Theresia’s ascending the throne 1740 is seen as a major turning point in Austrian history. But now is the question of whether in different “layers” and “rooms” without doubt fundamental change between 1720 and 1780 not differentiated must be seen against the background of the concept of interface (“Sattelzeit”/Reinhart Koselleck). On the basis of the space “Viennese court”, where the change of rulers in its effects most likely can be documented, attempts from the perspective of different disciplines (the so called “Hofkünste” – literature/poetry, arts, theatre/dance, music) point out continuities and discontinuities.

Soundscapes of the Urban Past

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Book Series: Sound Studies ISBN: 9783837621792 9783839421796 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_627788 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100511
Subject: Music
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We cannot simply listen to our urban past. Yet we encounter a rich cultural heritage of city sounds presented in text, radio and film. How can such 'staged sounds' express the changing identities of cities? This volume presents a collection of studies on the staging of Amsterdam, Berlin and London soundscapes in historical documents, radio plays and films, and offers insights into themes such as film sound theory and museum audio guides. In doing so, this book puts contemporary controversies on urban sound in historical perspective, and contextualises iconic presentations of cities. It addresses academics, students, and museum workers alike. With contributions by Jasper Aalbers, Karin Bijsterveld, Carolyn Birdsall, Ross Brown, Andrew Crisell, Andreas Fickers, Annelies Jacobs, Evi Karathanasopoulou, Patricia Pisters, Holger Schulze, Mark M. Smith and Jonathan Sterne.

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Music --- Soundscape --- Media --- Culture --- Museum --- History --- Radio --- Film --- Sound --- Urbanity --- Cultural History --- Urban Studies --- Musicology

Musicians' Mobilities and Music Migrations in Early Modern Europe

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Book Series: Mainzer Historische Kulturwissenschaften ISBN: 9783837635041 9783839435045 Year: Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101258
Subject: History
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During the 17th and 18th century musicians' mobilities and migrations are essential for the European music history and the cultural exchange of music. Adopting viewpoints that reflect different methodological approaches and diversified research cultures, the book presents studies on central scopes, strategies and artistic outcomes of mobile and migratory musicians as well as on the transfer of music. By looking at elite and non-elite musicians and their everyday mobilities to major and minor centers of music production and practice, new biographical patterns and new stylistic paradigms in the European East, West and South emerge.

Bytes and Backbeats

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ISBN: 9780472117857 9780472901180 9780472901180 Year: DOI: 10.3998/mpub.3432847 Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102012
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From Attali's "cold social silence" to Baudrillard's hallucinatory reality, reproduced music has long been the target of critical attack. In Bytes and Backbeats, however, Steve Savage deploys an innovative combination of designed recording projects, ethnographic studies of contemporary music practice, and critical analysis to challenge many of these traditional attitudes about the creation and reception of music. Savage adopts the notion of "repurposing" as central to understanding how every aspect of musical activity, from creation to reception, has been transformed, arguing that the tension within production between a naturalizing "art" and a self-conscious "artifice" reflects and feeds into our evolving notions of creativity, authenticity, and community.

Music Practices Across Borders

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Book Series: Musik und Klangkultur ISBN: 9783837646672 9783839446676 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839446676 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104829
Subject: Music
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Klavier plus Streichquartett. Im vierstelligen Bereich sind Werke bekannt. In mittlerer dreistelliger Zahl als Tonaufnahme zugänglich. Über 200 Jahre kontinuierliche Produktion. Bis heute. Und doch fehlt das Genre weitgehend in den Leitmedien Klassischer Musik. In den meinungsführenden Feuilletons und Musikgeschichtswerken. Und in den Programmen der prestigeträchtigen Rundfunksender und Labels, Konzertsäle, Festivals und Ensembles. Bis auf die Handvoll Werke berühmter Komponisten, von Schumann über Brahms bis Schostakowitsch. Frédéric Döhl präsentiert ein Nachdenken über Musikgeschichtsschreibung in Zeiten der Digital Humanities – und über die Rolle des eigenen ästhetischen Erlebens dabei.

Popular Music and Public Diplomacy

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ISBN: 9783837643589 9783839443583 Year: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14361/9783839443583 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101986
Subject: Music
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In the early years of the Cold War, Western nations increasingly adopted strategies of public diplomacy involving popular music. While the diplomatic use of popular music was initially limited to such genres as jazz, the second half of the 20th century saw a growing presence of various popular genres in diplomatic contexts, including rock, punk, reggae, and hip-hop. This volume illuminates the interrelation of popular music and public diplomacy from a transnational and transdisciplinary angle. The contributions argue that, as popular music has been a crucial factor in international relations, its diplomatic use has substantially impacted the global musical landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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