Studies in Music with Text (Oxford Studies in Music Theory)

Studies in Music with Text (Oxford Studies in Music Theory)

David Lewin


Hailed by means of the New Grove Dictionary of tune (2nd version) as "the most unique and far-ranging theorist of his generation," David Lewin (1933-2003) explored for over 4 many years how composers within the German culture set poetry and drama to song. He conceived Studies in song with Text as a unified assortment, reproducing papers on track via Mozart, Schubert, Wagner, Schoenberg, and Babbitt, lots of that have develop into classics within the fields of tune idea and historic musicology. He additionally incorporated new analytical essays on Mozart, Wagner, and Schubert, and supplied clean readings of chosen songs via Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms.
The analyses accumulated the following specialise in how the song, from its small info to its huge formal schemes, engages the poetic and dramatic dynamics of the works to hand, and the way song and textual content enact one another reciprocally. A recurrent subject is the theatricality of texted tune for the live performance in addition to operatic degree, and Lewin's views supply many interpretive insights and conceptual views for the musical performer. A methodological eclectic, Lewin cultivated a magisterial command of ancient theories and notion deeply approximately how these theories may well tell modern realizing. Analytical versions via Zarlino, Schenker, Riemann, Rameau, and Babbitt are introduced into play, and the variety of poetic and dramatic questions that emerge are explored, pertaining to inter alia mental and social id, the relation of mental internal worlds to out of the ordinary fact, and the narrowly biographical and largely ancient stipulations of inventive production. because it illuminates the richness and profundity of the language/music partnership, Studies in song with textual content offers incisive considering the scope--and limitations--of descriptive and analytical discourse approximately music.

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