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Berg : Violin Concerto - Anthony Pople


Violin Concerto

Paperback Published: 23rd August 1991
ISBN: 9780521399760
Number Of Pages: 132

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Described by Aaron Copland as "among the finest creations of the modern repertoire," Berg's Violin Concerto has become a twentieth-century classic. In this authoritative and highly readable guide the reader is introduced not only to the concerto itself but to all that surrounded and determined its composition. The book puts the concerto in its cultural context, provides biographical information on the composers and others associated with the work, gives an accessible guide to the music, and provides scholarly discussion for specialists. The author's ability to combine musical anecdote with scholarly analysis makes this guide compelling reading for amateur and specialist alike.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Musical ideologies: style and genre in the 1930sp. 1
Allusion: Stravinsky and othersp. 2
Conservatism: social and financial motivationsp. 4
Berg: synthesis or symbiosis?p. 6
The concerto as modelp. 7
Towards the Violin Concertop. 9
From the Three Orchestral Pieces to the Lyric Suitep. 10
The impact of serial techniquep. 13
The audible and the inaudiblep. 17
A second operap. 19
Composing Lulup. 22
Composition and performance historyp. 25
An unexpected commissionp. 26
'To the memory of ...'p. 28
'I have never worked harder in my life'p. 34
A posthumous premierep. 41
Later performancesp. 44
Form, materials and programmep. 47
Movement Ia (Andante)p. 49
Movement Ib (Allegretto)p. 52
Movement IIa (Allegro)p. 55
Movement IIb (Adagio)p. 57
A 'secret programme'?p. 60
Harmony, tonality and the series
Tonal or atonal?p. 65
Extensions of tonalityp. 69
'Rich resources must be at hand'p. 73
The seriesp. 76
Serial workingp. 79
The first Chorale Variationp. 83
Form and programme as contextp. 88
Reception and critical evaluationp. 91
Post-war orthodoxiesp. 94
Towards a popular appreciationp. 96
Conflict or resolution?p. 98
Notesp. 103
Select bibliographyp. 114
Indexp. 118
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ISBN: 9780521399760
ISBN-10: 0521399769
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 23rd August 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.1  x 0.84
Weight (kg): 0.18