Judgments of Value

Judgments of Value : Selected Writings on Music

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Martin Cooper (1910-86), was one of the leading critics of the post-war period and chief music critic of "The Daily Telegraph" from 1954-7 as well as a broadcaster and author of a number of books on music including "French Music from the Death of Berlioz to the Death of Faure" (1951) and books on "Gluck", "Bizet" and "Opera Comique". However, his writings were not confined to music. This volume is a selection of his writings, both public and personal, compiled by his son, which includes essays on poets, philosophers, religious thinkers and awareness, and the nature of criticism itself together with essays on music.show more

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  • Hardback | 345 pages
  • 130 x 210 x 27mm | 604g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 music examples
  • 0193119293
  • 9780193119291

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Part 1 Personal: the critic's task; Egon Wellesz as musician and teacher. Part 2 Composers: Giacomo Meyerbeer; Carl Maria von Weber; Scriabin and the Russian Renaissance; Sergei Prokofiev; Gounod's influence on French music; Faure and the Hellenistic element in French music. Part 3 The world of Music - articles from "The Daily Telegraph": styles - art nouveau, pastoralism, pastiche and eclecticism, neo-classicism, baroque; opera - "The Fiery Angel", "Fidelio", "Simone Boccanegra", "Cosi fan tutte"; politics and the avant-garde - composers and the influence of politics, for people - or "the people", when theatre takes over from music; composers and musicians - Clement Harris, Edward Dent, Hubert Parry, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Dargomyzhsky, Francois Couperin, Maurice Ravel, Albert Roussel, George Frideric Handel; critical considerations - surprise, novelty, values that pass, humour, competitions, projection in performance, Italy. Part 4 Songs and singers: Schumann's songs; Claire Croiza; Pauline Viardot. Part 5 On the air - contributions to the BBC: three broadcast operas - "Les Dialogues des Carmelites", "Iphigenie en Tauride", "Orfeo"; short thoughts - understanding music, shape and sound, words into music, fast and slow; inner thoughts - the acquiescence of Jesus. Part 6 Poets and poetry: music in the German "Novelle", E.T.A. Hoffman, Joseph von Eichendorff, Eduard Morike, Giacomo Leopardi. Part 7 Religious thinkers: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Francois de Salignac de la Mothe Fenelon, Friedrich von Hugel, Soren Kierkegaard.show more

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