Comedy In Music

Overview

Providing a general overview of comic music, this reference outlines the history of important comic musical genres, considers interconnections among seemingly disparate humorous repertory, and includes an extensive bibliography and discography. The narrative challenges the notion that serious works are more important than comic works. Many supposed tragic works include comic elements and abstract genres, such as the symphony or string quartet. The narrative discusses almost 1,000 works, each cross referenced to ...

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Overview

Providing a general overview of comic music, this reference outlines the history of important comic musical genres, considers interconnections among seemingly disparate humorous repertory, and includes an extensive bibliography and discography. The narrative challenges the notion that serious works are more important than comic works. Many supposed tragic works include comic elements and abstract genres, such as the symphony or string quartet. The narrative discusses almost 1,000 works, each cross referenced to publication information. The bibliography includes over 800 books, dissertations, reference sources, and articles. By tracing the development of major comic genres, this unique guide to comic music also examines how absurdity influenced the avante-garde developments of the 20th century.

This study of comic music will appeal to musicologists, musicians, and music students. The relationships drawn between familiar and obscure works allow for a fuller understanding of the aesthetics of comic expression. Cross-referenced throughout, this resource is a much needed and useful guide to further research.

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Finding that the only bibliographies on comedy in music focused on particular aspects or periods, Arias (DePaul U.) decided to produce a broader reference. He discovered that there were so many sources of information that he had to select fairly severely. His chapters reflect the major periods of western music from the Medieval through contemporary. Within them are articles on genres such as Medieval comic polyphony, Renaissance canons and others symbolic games, Baroque comic madrigals and cantatas, and Romantic skits and roasts. He includes some work from eastern Europe and the Hispanic tradition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313299803
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

ENRIQUE ALBERTO ARIAS is Assistant Professor at the School for New Learning, DePaul University, and the President of Ars Musica Chicago. He is the author of Alexander Tcherepnin: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood, 1989).

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Medieval Period

The Renaissance Period

The Baroque Period

The Classic Period

The Romantic Period

The Contemporary Period

Bibliography

Musical Works Cited and Discography

Index

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