• Beyond Orpheus: Studies in Musical Structure

    Beyond Orpheus: Studies in Musical Structure (Paperback) By (author) David Epstein


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    DescriptionHow do we explain the musical as well as psychological feeling of unity sensed in the great instrumental and orchestral works of Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms? Given, for example, a sonata-form movement from the piano sonatas of Mozart, why can we not substitute it in themes from others of these sonatas? Why can we not alter the given sequence of themes within the same work? David Epstein devotes part of this book to a review of theories of musical structure, notably those of Heinrich Schenker and Arnold Schoenberg, and he pays particular attention to Schoenberg's idea of the Grundgestalt or Basic Shape, the fundamental concept underlying a musical work. The remaining chapters are devoted to an application of this concept to the various elements of musical language and to close analysis of representative works of the period. Readership: advanced first-degree and graduate music students; music analysts and theorists.

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    Beyond Orpheus
    Studies in Musical Structure
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Epstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 200 mm
    Height: 260 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 729 g
    ISBN 13: 9780193151505
    ISBN 10: 0193151502

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    BIC subject category V2: AVA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: MT6
    DC19: 781
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    Thema V1.0: AVA, CF, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    numerous music examples, bibliography, index
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 September 1987
    Publication City/Country