The Musical Idea and the Logic, Technique, and Art of Its Presentation, New Paperback English Edition

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The Gedanke manuscripts, from which The Musical Idea is compiled, are legendary writings of Arnold Schoenberg. Central to his concern was his concept of the "musical idea," which represents the wholeness of the musical work and embraces Schoenberg's notions of motive, gestalt, phrase, theme, rhythm, harmony, and form. Ultimately, the musical idea is the vision of the composer by which a musical work achieves unity in relation to the means by which the work is comprehended in its unity by the more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 154 x 244 x 22mm | 557.93g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New Paperback English Edition
  • 0253218357
  • 9780253218353
  • 633,883

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"... [this book] is the single best volume extant if one wishes to learn about the technical conception of music held by one of the greatest composers (and greatest music educators) of modern times." -MLA Notes "This book is easy to read because there is no analysis without aim, no theoretical viewing without connections to genuine musical aspects." -Eike Fe, Besprechungen, April 2007show more

About Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is one of the most prominent figures in 20th-century music and musical thought, perhaps best known for his development of Twelve Tone theory.Patricia Carpenter (1923-2000) was Professor Emerita, Barnard College, and former Vice President of the Society for Music Theory.Severine Neff is currently Eugene Falk Distinguished Professor in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, Chapel more

Table of contents

Contents Foreword (2006) by Walter Frisch List of Abbreviations of Cited Sources Editors' Preface Acknowledgments Commentary Schoenberg's View of Art Schoenberg's Preface The Musical Idea Comprehensibility and Coherence Theory of Form The Constructive Function of Harmony ConclusionThe Musical Idea and the Logic, Technique, and Art of Its Presentation Preface and Overview Preface Title Page Principles of the Presentation of the Idea Plan of the Book The Profundity of the Idea and Its Realization as a Standard The Musical Idea and the Logic, Technique, and Art of Its Presentation Idea (1 and 2) The Idea in the Contrapuntal Art of Composition and Its Presentation Principles of Construction Comprehensibility Laws of Comprehensibility Coherence The Laws of Musical Coherence Elements of Form The Parts of a Piece Part Elements of Form Phrase Gestalt Grundgestalt and Motive The Difference Between Gestalt and Phrase Features of the Motive Statement Stable Formation Loose Formation Theme Melody Sonority as a Formative Element Rhythm Rhythm Classification of Rhythms Accentuation and Nonaccentuation Formal Procedures [Formal Procedures] Articulation Change, Variation, Variant, Varying Kinds of Variation Coherence of "New Components" Mirror Forms Close Cadencing Cadential Fall Kinds of Connection Technique of Joining Condensation Dissolution, Liquidation Tendency of the Smallest Notes The Structural Capacities of the Scale Wave-Shaped Progression Contrasts (Contrasting Themes) Digression from the Main Idea Principal Idea, Subsidiary Idea Subordinate Theme Secondary, Tertiary, etc. Gestalten and Motives The Shaping of Principal and Subordinate (Accshow more

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