Fantasy Pieces

Fantasy Pieces : Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann

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This book presents a theory of metrical conflict and applies it to the music of Robert Schumann, thereby placing that composer's distinctive metrical style in focus. Krebs describes various categories of metrical conflict that characterize the music of Schumann, investigates how states of conflict arise and are manipulated and resolved in the course of compositions, and studies the interaction of metrical conflict with form, pitch structure, and text. The theoretical material is fancifully interwoven with commentary by Florestan and Eusebius, fictional characters based on Schumann's names for contrasting aspects of his own personality, who provide numerous illustrations from "their" compositions. Rich in allusions to Schumann's titles, his writings, and his life, Fantasy Pieces will appeal to all who are fond of this composer's music as well as to more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162.6 x 241 x 26.2mm | 597.18g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • numerous music examples
  • 0195116232
  • 9780195116236

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[This] is a very impressive piece of work. Though primarily a theoretical study, it casts its net considerably wider. Krebs is also sensitive to historical issues (precedents for Schumann's metrical style), philological matters (metrical revisions in the primary sources for Schumann's work), questions of performance practice, and even biography (possible relationships between Schumann's metrical techniques and his mental states). In addition, the book is written in an engaging and highly imaginative style. * John Daverio, School for the Arts, Boston University * ...his accomplishment is no less than an imaginative reconstruction of the creative ferment of composing and theorizing in the early nineteenth century....In the course of such a wide-ranging interpretative journey, one could not ask for a more experienced and sensitive musical guide. * Music Theory Spectrum * This volume is a welcome contribution to the study of Schumann, especially for those interested in his music, but also for psychologists and others desiring to examine inferentially matters of personality through analysis of original documents. * Perceptual and Motor Skills * ...[an] excellent book....Krebs unravels the musical subtleties that performers sense but do not always fully understand; performers have much to gain by applying Krebs's analytical approach to their interpretations of Schumann's music....This is analysis at its best: it is sensitively placed in a valid historical context, and solidly based on the real and heard elements in the score. The author supplies ample examples. Highly recommended for upper-level undergraduates through performers. * Choice *show more

About Harald Krebs

Harald Krebs holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently professor of music theory at the School of Music of the University of more

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