Communication in Eighteenth-Century Music

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Written by ten leading scholars, this volume assembles studies of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music under the broad rubric of communication. That such an impulse motivates musical composition and performance in this period of European musical history is often acknowledged but seldom examined in depth. The book explores a broad set of issues, ranging from the exigencies of the market for books and music in the eighteenth century through to the deployment of dance topoi in musical composition. A number of close readings of individual works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven draw on a sophisticated body of historically appropriate technical resources to illuminate theories of form, metre, bass lines and dance topoi. Students and scholars of music history, theory and analysis will find in this volume a set of challenging, state-of-the-art essays that will stimulate debate about musical meaning and engender further study.

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Review of the hardback: 'Two editors have done a fine job of showcasing some of the most interesting voices in music scholarship today. Over the years, the sprightly, optimistic music of the late eighteenth century has fallen victim to some very dull analysis. Here, by contrast, lively ideas meet lively music, with a satisfying result.' Eighteenth-Century Music
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521888295
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Danuta Mirka is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton.

Kofi Agawu is Professor of Music at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Danuta Mirka Mirka, Danuta 1

Pt. I Communication and the Market

1 Communication and verisimilitude in the eighteenth century Paul Cobley Cobley, Paul 13

2 Listening to listeners Mark Evan Bonds Bonds, Mark Evan 34

3 'Mannichfaltige Abweichungen von der gewohnlichen Sonaten-Form': Beethoven's 'Piano Solo' Op. 31 No. 1 and the challenge of communication Claudia Maurer Zenck Zenck, Claudia Maurer 53

Pt. II Musical Grammar

4 Metre, phrase structure and manipulations of musical beginnings Danuta Mirka Mirka, Danuta 83

5 National metrical types in music of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries William Rothstein Rothstein, William 112

6 Schoenberg's 'second melody', or,'Meyer-ed' in the bass William E. Caplin Caplin, William E. 160

Pt. III Rhetorical Form and Topical Decorum

7 A metaphoric model of sonata form: two expositions by Mozart Michael Spitzer Spitzer, Michael 189

8 Beethoven's Op. 18 No. 3, first movement: two readings, with a comment on analysis Kofi Agawu Agawu, Kofi 230

9 Mozart's K331, first movement: once more, with feeling Wye J. Allanbrook Allanbrook, Wye J. 254

10 Dance topoi, sonic analogues and musical grammar: communicating with music in the eighteenth century Lawrence M. Zbikowski Zbikowski, Lawrence M. 283

Afterword Kofi Agawu Agawu, Kofi 310

Bibliography 318

Index of concepts 335

Index of names and works 340

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