Der Tonwille: Pamphlets in Witness of the Immutable Laws of Music, Offered to a New Generation of Youth

Der Tonwille: Pamphlets in Witness of the Immutable Laws of Music, Offered to a New Generation of Youth

by Heinrich Schenker
     
 

The groundbreaking analytical techniques of Heinrich Schenker have had a powerful impact on the English-speaking musical world, and their importance, a century after he embarked on his major projects, is greater than ever. A central work in the Schenkerian canon, Der Tonwille, introduced the use of voice-leading graphs that remains a critical tool for many music

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The groundbreaking analytical techniques of Heinrich Schenker have had a powerful impact on the English-speaking musical world, and their importance, a century after he embarked on his major projects, is greater than ever. A central work in the Schenkerian canon, Der Tonwille, introduced the use of voice-leading graphs that remains a critical tool for many music theorists today. This volume, the first of a two-volume English translation of Schenker's complete original text, makes these important contributions available to English readers for the first time.
In the first five "issues" that make up Der Tonwille, Schenker analyzes piano sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, as well as shorter works including preludes by Bach and various classical keyboard pieces. The volume also includes the first two installments of a large-scale study of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony which, in common with many of the other essays offered here, is comprised of a detailed analysis of the score, a commentary on the sketches and autograph and related textual problems, remarks on performance, and a critique of the literature on the symphony. Most significantly, the essays in this volume are the first that consistently embrace the concept of "Urlinie" by coordinating an explanatory text with a "graph of the Urlinie" for each work discussed. It also contains the most extensive expression of Schenker's outspoken philosophical, political, and artistic beliefs, providing an important cultural perspective from which to view his theoretical work.
Under the leadership of William Drabkin, a team of well-regarded musicologists has produced this skilled and lucid translation of Schenker's influential writings, an essential resource for English-reading musicologists and music theorists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195122374
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

German Words, Phrases, Technical Terms, and Abbreviations Used in the Music Examples
Bibliographical Abbreviations
The Mission of German Genius3
The Urlinie: A Preliminary Remark21
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony [first part]25
The E[flat] Minor Prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I34
Schubert's Ihr Bild41
Miscellanea44
Laws of the Art of Music51
History of the Art of Music52
Yet Another Word on the Urlinie53
Mozart's Sonata in A Minor, K. 31055
Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2, No.172
Haydn's Sonata in E[flat] Major, Hoboken XVI:5299
The Art of Listening118
Miscellanea121
Bach's Little Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 924141
Bach's Little Prelude No. 2 in C Major, BWV 939145
The Allemande from Handel's Suite in G Major, HWV 441146
C. P. E. Bach's Allegro in G Major148
C. P. E. Bach's Keyboard Sonata in C Major150
Haydn's Sonata in C Major, Hoboken XVI:35153
Mozart's Sonata in C Major, K. 545156
Beethoven's Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No.2158
Miscellanea160
Bach's Little Prelude No. 3 in C Minor, BWV 999175
Bach's Little Prelude No. 4 in D Major, BWV 925177
Bach's Little Prelude No. 5 in D Minor, BWV 926180
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (Continuation)182
Miscellanea210
Index227

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