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Sound-Worlds of Central Europe explores the sound-world of early modern Silesia via the writings of humanists active there in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries who both observed musical culture and actively participated in it: a poet, a publisher, a pedagogue, a physician, a historian, and a regionalist. Such an approach makes it possible to reconstruct their perceptions and understandings of music—a constitutive element of this community. As these authors concentrated more on the representation of music than the art itself, the book reflects the collective memory of the republic of scholars: their individual and common imaginarium.
“Music and its Narrative Potential” is a book about musical stories. It is a collection of thoughts on how music evokes narratives through its medium-specific strategies. This book is a multi-faceted consideration of narratives expressed through music. There are several threads and themes that flow and recur through its different chapters, the most prevailing of which are contemporary music, interdisciplinary approaches, contemporary narratology, and intermediality.
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Exploring an array of captivating topics, from hybridized Buddhist music to AI singers, this book introduces Japanese music in the modern era. The twenty-five chapters show how cultural change from the late nineteenth century to the present day has had a profound impact on the Japanese musical landscape, including the recontextualization and transformation of traditional genres, and the widespread adoption of Western musical practices ranging from classical music to hip hop.
The contributors offer representative case studies within the themes of Foundations, Heritage, Institutions, and Hybridities, examining both musical styles that originated in earlier times and distinctly localized or Japanized musical forms.
The Composer's Approach to Poetry and Music
How does a Romantic composer approach the poetry he sets: as raw material to be remade, a pretext for self-expression, a sanctified artefact, or a message to be illustrated with music? In my book, I examine Franz Liszt’s songs for voice and piano, which remain little known to scholars, artists, and music lovers alike. The objective is to present Liszt’s songs in all their complexity and diversity as well as identifying the key elements of the composer’s broadly understood song-writing technique – both those that make him unique and those that relate him to the European tradition. This approach also makes it possible to shed light on a major though previously neglected aspect of the composer’s workshop, namely, his work with the poetic text, which to Liszt was just as important as the musical setting.
The manuscript from the thirteenth century deals with musicians’ behaviour at the court; singers'qualities; the eminence of music and its effect on people and animals; the importance of drinking when listening to music; the process of composition; rhythmic and melodic modes, and repertoire in Andalusia, the Maghreb, Persia and the Middle East; Andalusian song lyrics and the appearance of new poetic forms such as the zajal and the muwashshaḥ; Andalusian musical instruments; dances of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, India and China; Andalusian dances and shadow plays and shadow dancers; aesthetics of dance; poems describing the dances.
Vorträge und Aufsätze zu Beethovens Oper
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Warum schrieb Beethoven nur eine Oper? Warum nannte er sie seine „Märtirerkrone“? Warum entstanden zu ihr statt einer schließlich vier Ouvertüren? Wie verbinden sich Sprache, Dramaturgie und Komposition? In welchem Operngeschichtlichen, in welchem Gattungsrahmen steht Fidelio? In welchem Maß und in welcher Weise hat er auf die Oper des 19. Jahrhunderts eingewirkt? Diese und andere Fragen werden in einer Reihe von Aufsätzen behandelt, die aus unterschiedlichen Zusammenhängen stammen – teils als Einführungen in das Themengebiet, teils essayistisch, teils in wissenschaftlichem Diskurs nach Antworten suchend. In der Beethoven-Forschung steht Fidelio bis heute im Schatten der instrumentalen Werke. Nach langer Zeit wird hier erstmals wieder ein Buch vorgelegt, das auf wissenschaftlicher Grundlage viele der neueren Erkenntnisse darstellt und zu weiterem Nachdenken anregt.
Transkomposition und Anachronismus im Werk von Johannes Schöllhorn
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Im Rahmen dieser musikanalytischen Annäherung an die Transkompositionen des deutschen Komponisten Johannes Schöllhorn wird offengelegt, wie er die ursprüngliche Tonsatzstruktur der historischen Vorlagen mittels Bearbeitungs- bzw. Instrumentationstechniken erweitert und in eine zeitgenössische Klangwelt überführt. Im Zentrum der vorliegenden Musikanalysen stehen die Werke Anamorphoses (2001-04) und Dias, koloriert (2010), denen J. S. Bachs Die Kunst der Fuge zugrunde liegt, zudem das Klavierkonzert clouds and sky (2010), eine Bearbeitung von Gabriel Faurés Nocturne op. 107 Nr. 12, und «va» d’après Jules Massenet - Expressions lyriques (2016). In diesen Kompositionen verdeutlicht sich die Verschmelzung von historischer Vorlage und zeitgenössischem Komponieren zur Transkomposition. Dabei nähert sich Schöllhorn den Werken der Vergangenheit nicht mit dem Versuch einer musikhistorisch adäquaten Betrachtungsweise, sondern er sucht in diesen nach kompositorischen Potenzialen für die Gegenwart.
Erschließung neuer Hör-Horizonte im Musikunterricht der gymnasialen Erprobungsstufe