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Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis : Stravinsky's Late Music Series Number 16 - Joseph N. Straus

Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

Stravinsky's Late Music Series Number 16


Published: 24th August 2004
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This book is the first to be devoted to the music of Stravinsky's last compositional period. In the early 1950s, Stravinsky's compositional style began to change and evolve with astonishing rapidity. He abandoned the musical neoclassicism to which he had been committed for the preceding three decades and, with the stimulus provided by his newly gained knowledge of the music of Schoenberg and Webern, launched himself on a remarkable voyage of compositional discovery. The book focuses on five historical, analytical, and interpretive issues: Stravinsky's relationship to his serial predecessors and contemporaries; his compositional process; the problem of creating formal continuity in a repertoire so obviously discontinuous in so many ways; the problem of writing serial harmony; and the problem of expression and meaning. Challenging conventional interpretations, the book shows that Stravinsky's serial music is not only of great historical significance, but also of astonishing structural originality and emotional power.

'In elucidating its wider compositional basis, Straus has made a valuable and timely contribution to the understanding of a body of music which may in time impress itself on the wider consciousness of musicians and listeners.' International Record Review

Stravinsky and the serialistsp. 1
Compositional processp. 42
Formp. 81
Harmonyp. 141
Expression and meaningp. 183
List of Stravinsky's late worksp. 249
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ISBN: 9780521602884
ISBN-10: 0521602882
Series: Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 24th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.51