The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtag

The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtag

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In this intriguing study, William Kinderman opens the door to the composer's workshop, investigating not just the final outcome but the process of creative endeavor in music. Focusing on the stages of composition, Kinderman maintains that the most rigorous basis for the study of artistic creativity comes not from anecdotal or autobiographical reports, but from original handwritten sketches, drafts, revised manuscripts, and corrected proof sheets. He explores works of major composers from the eighteenth century to the present, from Mozart's piano music and Beethoven's Piano Trio in F to Kurtag's Kafka Fragments and Hommage a R. Sch. Other chapters examine Robert Schumann's Fantasie in C, Mahler's Fifth Symphony, and Bartok's Dance Suite. Revealing the diversity of sources, rejected passages and movements, fragmentary unfinished works, and aborted projects that were absorbed into finished compositions, The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtag illustrates the wealth of insight that can be gained through studying the creative process.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 178 x 256 x 26mm | 721.21g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252037162
  • 9780252037160
  • 1,736,841

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"Few scholars would be able to deftly navigate through material as diverse as the musical sketches of both Mozart and Kurtag with the ease, perspective, analytical rigour and insight of Kinderman. A masterly chapter on an unfinished piano trio by Beethoven was no surprise from a scholar well known for his research into the latter 'ss Diabelli Variations , but other chapters devoted to Schumann, Mahler or Bartak are equally probing. The methodology successfully channels Critique ganatique , the French literary subdiscipline devoted to the scientific study of creative process in literature, and the many case studies full of musical excerpts could well be adapted to a classroom setting."--Jonathan Goldman, associate professor of musicology, University of Montreal "An engaging investigation of the creative process and genetic criticism. These deeply thoughtful essays establish an enviable range, from Mozart through the grand figures of the German nineteenth century (Beethoven, Schumann) and beyond to three seminal figures of the twentieth (Mahler, Bartak, Kurta!g). A significant contribution." --Richard Kramer, author of Unfinished Music "The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtag is a remarkable piece of work in terms of both depth and breadth. William Kinderman has succeeded in weaving analytical and historical perspectives into a compelling discourse about how music is created and what it means. Even more astonishing is the scope of this undertaking. Most sketch-study scholars work within the context of 'their composer.' This book expands that context to embrace the past two hundred years. In so doing, Kinderman has raised the bar for all of us."--Friedemann Sallis, author of Music Sketches
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About William Kinderman

William Kinderman is a professor of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including The String Quartets of Beethoven and the three-volume study Artaria 195: Beethoven's Sketchbook for the Missa solemnis and the Piano Sonata in E Major, Opus 109. He is General Editor of the Beethoven Sketchbook Series published by the University of Illinois Press.
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