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MTO 3.3 1997

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  1. University of California Press
  2. University of Nebraska Press

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

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

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

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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