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The Finale in Western Instrumental Music : Oxford Monographs on Music - Michael Talbot

The Finale in Western Instrumental Music

Oxford Monographs on Music

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2001
ISBN: 9780198166955
Number Of Pages: 264

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The knowledge that finales are by tradition (and perhaps also necessarily) 'different' from other movements has been around a long time, but this is the first time that the special nature of finales in instrumental music has been examined comprehensively and in detail. Three main types of finale, labelled 'relaxant', 'summative', and 'valedictory', are identified. Each type is studied closely, with a wealth of illustration and analytical commentary covering the entire period from the Renaissance to the present day. The history of finales in five important genres -- suite, sonata, string quartet, symphony, and concerto -- is traced, and the parallels and divergences between these traditions are identified. Several wider issues are mentioned, including narrativity, musical rounding, inter-movement relationships, and the nature of codas. The book ends with a look at the finales of all Shostakovich's string quartets, in which examples of most of the types may be found.

Well-researched ... Well written and well produced, this book deserves a place on the shelves of musicologists, who ought to ponder Talbot's judicious balance between historical and analytical enquiry. British Journal of Aesthetics One of the strengths of Talbot's attitude towards his very diverse material is his straightforwardness concerning the reasons for subtle, gradual changes in the nature of the finale. British Journal of Aesthetics

1: First Thoughts 2: The Idea of a Movement 3: The Idea of a Finale 4: The Relaxant Finale 5: The Summative Finale 6: The Valedictory Finale 7: Hybrid Solutions 8: Patterns of Development 9: Codas and Finales 10: Final Thoughts Bibliography List of Musical Examples Index to Musical Works General Index

ISBN: 9780198166955
ISBN-10: 0198166958
Series: Oxford Monographs on Music
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.56