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Understanding Mozart's Piano Sonatas

Understanding Mozart's Piano Sonatas

by John Irving (2)
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754667693

ISBN-13: 9780754667698

Pub. Date: 10/01/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Mozart's piano sonatas are among the most familiar of his works and stand alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven as staples of the pianist's repertoire. In this study, John Irving looks at a wide selection of contextual situations for Mozart's sonatas, focusing on the variety of ways in which they assume identities and achieve meanings. In particular, the book seeks

Overview

Mozart's piano sonatas are among the most familiar of his works and stand alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven as staples of the pianist's repertoire. In this study, John Irving looks at a wide selection of contextual situations for Mozart's sonatas, focusing on the variety of ways in which they assume identities and achieve meanings. In particular, the book seeks to establish the provisionality of the sonatas' notated texts,
suggesting that the texts are not so much identifiers as possibilities and that their identity resides in the usage. Close attention is paid to reception matters, analytical approaches, organology, the role of autograph manuscripts, early editions and editors, and aspects of historical performance practice - all of which go beyond the texts in opening windows onto Mozart's sonatas. Treating the sonatas collectively as a repertoire, rather than as individual works, the book surveys broad thematic issues such as the role of historical writing about music in defining a generic space for Mozart's sonatas, their construction within pedagogical traditions, the significance of sound as opposed to sight in these works (and in particular their sound on fortepianos of the later eighteenth-century) , and the creative role of the performer in their representation beyond the frame of the text. Drawing together and synthesizing this wealth of material, Irving provides an invaluable reference source for those already familiar with this repertoire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754667698
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
843,500
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Pretexts; Part I Reading Texts: Contexts; Horizons of understanding; Editions; Approaching the texts. Part II Playing Texts: Instruments; Embellishing Mozart's texts; Epilogue: listening to texts; Bibliography; Index.

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