Hearing and Knowing Music: The Unpublished Essays of Edward T. Cone

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"As a critic, Edward Cone drew the best from his Princeton mentors Roger Sessions, Richard Blackmur of the New Criticism, and the no less legendary musicologist Oliver Strunk. His work—elegant and profound, self-aware but never self-important, resolutely undogmatic—is above all true to what can only be called an exquisite ear. Few have written better on Schubert, Berlioz, or Stravinsky, and none better on the crux of composer, performer, and listener he saw as axiomatic to musical experience. We are indebted indeed to Robert Morgan for this ...

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Overview

"As a critic, Edward Cone drew the best from his Princeton mentors Roger Sessions, Richard Blackmur of the New Criticism, and the no less legendary musicologist Oliver Strunk. His work—elegant and profound, self-aware but never self-important, resolutely undogmatic—is above all true to what can only be called an exquisite ear. Few have written better on Schubert, Berlioz, or Stravinsky, and none better on the crux of composer, performer, and listener he saw as axiomatic to musical experience. We are indebted indeed to Robert Morgan for this large, dazzling new trove of Cone's writings."—Joseph Kerman, professor emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

"This collection is a treasure. Like Edward T. Cone's other extraordinary writings, these unpublished essays offer a wealth of critical and analytical thought on some of the central composers and compositions of classical music. What emerges, beyond the many wonderful insights about individual compositions, is not a theory but the persistent exemplification of Cone's style of analysis, one that balances listening and reflection with particular deftness."—Fred Everett Maus, University of Virginia

"This book underlines the values of an outstanding pioneer in the field of musical-critical discourse at a time when the historical legitimacy of those values benefits from being reinforced. Edward T. Cone was undeniably a master of the lecture, and his trademark lucidity and good humor are apparent everywhere here."—Arnold Whittall, author of Exploring Twentieth-Century Music

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Editorial Reviews

Fontes Artis Musicae
While eclectic in its subject matter, this invaluable collection of Cone's final essays offers a great deal to readers. Whether the essays arguably reflect autumnal or emerging ideas, Cone's astonishing clarity of exposition and openness, his intellectual reach, and continual self-reflexivity . . . almost make his writing seem timeless in its appeal for musicians and music scholars across the disciplinary spectrum.
— David Trippett
Fontes Artis Musicae - David Trippett
While eclectic in its subject matter, this invaluable collection of Cone's final essays offers a great deal to readers. Whether the essays arguably reflect autumnal or emerging ideas, Cone's astonishing clarity of exposition and openness, his intellectual reach, and continual self-reflexivity . . . almost make his writing seem timeless in its appeal for musicians and music scholars across the disciplinary spectrum.
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"While eclectic in its subject matter, this invaluable collection of Cone's final essays offers a great deal to readers. Whether the essays arguably reflect autumnal or emerging ideas, Cone's astonishing clarity of exposition and openness, his intellectual reach, and continual self-reflexivity . . . almost make his writing seem timeless in its appeal for musicians and music scholars across the disciplinary spectrum."—David Trippett, Fontes Artis Musicae
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691140117
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward T. Cone (1917-2004) was professor emeritus of music at Princeton University, where he taught from 1947 until his retirement in 1985. He wrote two of the twentieth century's most influential books about "Western music, Musical Forms and Musical Performance" (Norton) and "The Composer's Voice". Robert P. Morgan is professor emeritus of music at Yale University and the editor of "Cone's Music: A View from Delft", a collection of previously published essays.

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Table of Contents

List of Musical Examples ix
List of Tables xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1

Part I: Aesthetics 7
Essay One: The Missing Composer 11
Essay Two: The Silent Partner 16
Essay Three: The Irrelevance of Tonality? 38
Essay Four: Hearing and Knowing Music 49

Part II: Opera and Song 61
Essay Five: Mozart's Deceptions 65
Essay Six: Siegfried at the Dragon's Cave: The Motivic Language of The Ring 80
Essay Seven: Schubert's Heine Songs 106

Part III: The Composer as Critic 117
Essay Eight: The Composer as Critic 121
Essay Nine: Schubert Criticizes Schubert 135

Part IV: Analysis 149
Essay Ten: Schubert's Symphonic Poem 153
Essay Eleven: Debussy's Art of Suggestion 159
Essay Twelve: Stravinsky at the Tomb of Rimsky-Korsakov 170
Essay Thirteen: Stravinsky's Version of Pastoral 181
Essay Fourteen: Stravinsky's Sense of Form 190
Published Works of Edward T. Cone 207
Index 211

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