Webern and the Transformation of Nature

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This book considers the idea of nature in the music of Anton Webern. It stands out from other studies because it explores the wider social and cultural dimensions of the music, as opposed to an often narrow, technical analysis. In doing so it offers an important case study for the way in which social ideas can be discussed in relation to apparently "abstract" modern music. Moreover, it does so in relation to musical details, not simply on the level of biography or cultural ...

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Overview

This book considers the idea of nature in the music of Anton Webern. It stands out from other studies because it explores the wider social and cultural dimensions of the music, as opposed to an often narrow, technical analysis. In doing so it offers an important case study for the way in which social ideas can be discussed in relation to apparently "abstract" modern music. Moreover, it does so in relation to musical details, not simply on the level of biography or cultural history.

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"...the groundwork is nicely prepared for interpretive studies. Johnson (univ. of Sussex, UK) focuses on how Webern's music reflects ideas about nature - an excellent angle...This thesis may come as a surprise to those who find Webern's music almost exclusively abstract and autonomous... Johnson's writing is well organized, succinct, and graceful. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through professionals." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521027861
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The social construction of nature; 2. A maternal landscape: the early works (1899-1905); 3. Paradise lost: the Dehmel Lieder to Op. 11 (1906-1914); 4. The transformation of memory: the vocal works Op. 12-Op. 19 (1914-1926); 5. Ideal landscapes: the serial works Op. 20-Op. 31 (1926-1943); 6. Webern, nature and modernism; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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