University of California Press
The University of California Press announces the publication of Constructive Dissonance: Arnold Schoenberg and the Transformation of Twentieth-Century Culture," edited by Juliane Brand and Christopher Hailey Publication Date: May 27, 1997 (domestic) and June 30, 1997 (foreign) Price: $42.00 cloth "There cannot ever be too many good books about Schoenberg, and so it is a special pleasure to welcome "Constructive Dissonance," which is far beyond just 'good.' These essays cover a generous range in style and idea. Many of them also are deeply moving, and nothing could be more appropriate for the composer of our century's most fiercely intense music." -Michael Steinberg, author of "The Symphony: A Listener's Guide" "Although much has been written about Schoenberg, no group of essays examines his life and work in such a broad context. Here we find Schoenberg's matrix: the social, cultural, political, and artistic currents that helped shape him, and to which he made his own extraordinary contribution." -Robert P. Morgan, author of "Twentieth-Century Music" "As we approach the turn of this century, it is clear that Arnold Schoenberg must be counted as one of the most important figures in Western art music during the last one hundred years. Schoenberg's influence on art-music culture has not only worked its effects through his music, but also through his thinking and writing about music. This collection makes a fitting tribute to Schoenberg and does an admirable job of presenting the many facets of Schoenberg the composer, music theorist, and thinker. These thought-provoking essays present a broad range of approaches to a rich variety of topics within Schoenberg scholarship, and readers will find both familiar and not-so-familiar issues arising during the course of the volume. "Constructive Dissonance" is certain to become an important book for those interested in twentieth-century art music and culture, and seminal reading for anyone interested in Arnold Schoenberg and his work." -John Covach, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is a pivotal figure of musical modernism. The "father of serialism" has influenced nearly every major composer of this century, and the idea of Schoenberg, now wild-eyed radical, now embattled moralist, now lonely prophet, is woven into the mythos of modern art. What is more, the sites of his professional activity-fin de si�cle Vienna, the Berlin of the Weimar Republic, and his "exile to paradise" in Los Angeles-bring home the representative quality of his life and works, which bear witness to some of the defining experiences of our time. This collection by leading Schoenberg scholars is an interdisciplinary examination of the historical, aesthetic, and intellectual issues that formed Schoenberg's creative persona and continue to influence our response to the modernist legacy of the first half of this century. The book's first section, "Contexts," investigates Schoenberg's sense of ethnic, religious, and cultural identity. The second section, "Creations," focuses on specific works and the interplay between creative impulse and aesthetic articulation. The final section, "Connections," addresses the relationship of Schoenberg's legacy to present-day thought and practice. Juliane Brand is Project Editor at the University of California Press and author of "Rudi Stephan" (1983). Christopher Hailey is Director of the Franz Schreker Foundation, Inc. and author of "Franz Schreker: A Cultural Biography" (1993). Brand and Hailey are coeditors of "The Berg-Schoenberg Correspondence" (1987) and translators of "Theodor W. Adorno's Alban Berg" (1991).
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University of Nebraska Press Musica Poetica: Musical-Rhetorical Figures in German Baroque Music Dietrich Bartel *Musica Poetica* provides an unprecedented examination of the development of Baroque musical thought. The initial chapters, which serve as an introduction to the concept and teachings of musical-rhetorical figures, explore Martin Luther's theology of music, the development of the Baroque concept of *musica poetica*, the idea of the affections in German Baroque music, and that music's use of the principles and devices of rhetoric. Dietrich Bartel then turns to more detailed considerations of the musical-rhetorical figures that were developed in Baroque treatises and publications. After brief biographical sketches of the major theorists, Bartel examines those theorists' interpretation and classification of the figures. The book concludes with a detailed presentation of the musical-rhetorical figures, in which each theorist's definitions are presented in the original language and in parallel English translations. Bartel's clear, detailed analysis of German Baroque musical-rhetorical figures, combined with his careful translations of interpretations of those figures from a wide range of sources, make this book an indispensable introduction and resource for all students of Baroque music. Dietrich Bartel is an associate professor in the Department of Music at Canadian Mennonite Bible College (affiliated with the University of Manitoba). September Music 486pp. 6x9 123 musical illustrations $50.00s cloth 0-8032-1276-3 BARMUS
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