Download e-book for iPad: A Guide to Orchestral Music: The Handbook for Non-Musicians by Ethan Mordden

By Ethan Mordden

ISBN-10: 0195026861

ISBN-13: 9780195026863

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ISBN-13: 9780195040418

Comfy and available fashionable, this authoritative consultant is the 1st symphony guide for non-musicians. The ebook starts with a basic advent to the symphony and brief items at the orchestra and musical types. Mordden is going directly to describe, chronologically, over seven-hundred pieces--from Vivaldi to twentieth-century composers. extra aids to the reader comprise lists of repertory developers and a thesaurus of musical phrases. "Easy and pleasing to read...a really beneficial consultant for the tune lover who has no longer had a musical schooling yet loves live performance music."--John Barkham reports

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There were not always breaks between movements. Themes might be carried over from one movement to another. In particular, a kind of protagonistic musicality was encouraged in this personally protagonistic epoch with the use of motto themes, themes repeated over the course of a work like a composer's cri de coeur, or else transformed into other themes. Classicism was stability; Romanticism was transformation. " It was a Faustian, a mystical and apocalyptic time, erecting huge structures in symphony as if to storm the heavens or wake the dead.

An important question: how exact is the recapitulation in post-Mozartean symphonies? Much less exact as time goes on, for the Romantics sought a cohesion in the symphony that could not tolerate the full repetition of material already heard. Therefore, it is wise to think of the recapitulation not so much as a mirror of the exposition but as an artistic copy, with some rights of divergence. The themes may run in a different order in the recapitulation, or may be differently scored. But, as we see, in Mozart's time the recapitulation is an almost exact replica of the exposition (except for the harmonic change).

37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz: any collection of overtures Liszt: Les Preludes Wagner: any collection of overtures and preludes Franck: Symphony in d minor Smetana: The Moldau Brahms: Symphony no. 2 Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2 Brahms: The "Haydn" Variations Brahms: The Academic Festival Overture Saint-Saens: Symphony no. 3 (the "Organ") Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto no. 2 Musorksky: A Night on Bald Mountain Dvorak: Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World") Rimsky-Korsakof: Scheherazade Rimsky-Korsakof: Capriccio Espagnol Elgar: the "Enigma" Variations Mahler: Symphony no.

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