Edward J Dent: Selected Essays

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During his long career, Edward Dent wrote on a variety of musical subjects, ranging from substantial articles in the most learned journals to less weighty pieces in Radio Times. This volume aims to reflect that variety. Some of the articles are now of primarily historical interest, others offer insights of a fundamental kind; all are informed by Dent's witty and distinctive prose style. In editing this collection, Hugh Taylor has drawn on writings from 1903 to 1951 and included two pieces originally written in ...

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Overview

During his long career, Edward Dent wrote on a variety of musical subjects, ranging from substantial articles in the most learned journals to less weighty pieces in Radio Times. This volume aims to reflect that variety. Some of the articles are now of primarily historical interest, others offer insights of a fundamental kind; all are informed by Dent's witty and distinctive prose style. In editing this collection, Hugh Taylor has drawn on writings from 1903 to 1951 and included two pieces originally written in Italian and published here in English for the first time. As well as providing footnotes, which amplify certain of Dent's statements and draw attention to subsequent research, Mr Taylor has listed sources for Dent's many textual references and quotations. Brought together in this way Dent's learned but always readable criticism will appeal to the reader with a general interest in music as well as to the music student and specialist.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521221740
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/1979
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The translation of operas; 2. (Music for the Cambridge Greek plays); 3. Leonardo Leo; 4. Italian chamber cantatas; 5. Cecil Armstrong Gibbs; 6. (The problems of modern music); 7. On the composition of English songs; 8. Busoni's Doctor Faust; 9. The style of Schubert; 10. (Melody and harmony); 11. Bellini in England; 12. Binary and ternary form; 13. The historical approach to music; 14. La rappresentazione di anima e di corpo; 15. The teaching of strict counterpoint; 16. The Victorians and opera; 17. Corno di Bassetto; 18. A pastoral opera by Alessandro Scarlatti; 19. Verdi in English; 20. Looking backward; Index.

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