Between Old Worlds and New: Occasional Writings on Music

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 326 pages
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"Wilfrid Mellers ranks among the most eminent of contemporary British writers and lecturers on music. The range of his interest is exceptionally wide, encompassing music from the renaissance to the present day, from Monteverdi to Minimalism, not excluding jazz and many different forms of popular music, as well as music from non-western cultures." "That breadth of vision is nowhere more apparent than in his occasional writings. In these necessarily concentrated and closely focused pieces we find the essence of his thinking about music, its nature and its meaning. Written in the first instance for the general reader, they also offer insights that should be of importance to music students in schools, colleges, and universities." "Wilfrid Mellers has won international acclaim, over many years, with books such as Man and His Music, Music in a New Found Land, Bach and the Dance of God, Caliban Reborn, and Vaughan Williams and the Vision of Albion. Not surprisingly, since he is also a notably original composer, he is interested primarily in what music is for, and how composers' intentions are realised and made manifest."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Introduction by John Paynter
3
Introduction
13
What is Music for?
15
Singing and Dancing in the Unknown
26
Higher Satisfaction in Sydenham
31
In the Mood
35
Composers Thoughts
40
Making Spiritual Contact
45
Yonge Fresshe Folkes He and She
163
Music for Everyman
167
Monotonously Minimal
171
Introduction
177
A Singleminded Pursuit
179
The Composer as Wounded Bird
184
Chopins Melancholy Spell
190
The Great and the Small
194

Making the Spirits Speak
51
Masters Originals and Alsorans
57
The Blues in History
62
Introduction
69
Dioclesian Restord
71
Little Time to spare
78
Invading Nerves Blood and Bones
85
Rebel Without Applause
92
Blue Remembered Hills
99
Virgil Thomson a Hundred Years On
104
Lou Harrison at Eighty
110
Introduction
123
Out of Arcadia
125
A Pretend Paradise
129
Fidelio and Leonora
131
Perplexed Ensembles
140
An Arbitarry Maliganancy
143
That Mixed Up Kid
145
One Damned Thing After Another
148
New Life in a New World?
152
Innocence Drowned
154
Wrong but Wromantick
157
Restored by Innocence
161
Fortitude Without Faith
199
Reclusive Revolutionary
203
The Wagner Phenomenon
207
Whats to Come
218
Ho Ho Ho
223
Introduction
229
Lyrics to Deprivation
230
The riches of the Early Rags
234
Chopin of the Creoles
238
Rome to Copland sound
245
All the Things They Were
253
A Voice in the Wilderness
259
Up the Marshy creek
266
On the Old Exoticism Trip
269
An Authentic American Composer
273
Old Values New Deals
278
Cosmic Gershwin
283
Ruth CrawfordSeeger
289
A Select List of Works by Wilfrid Meers
297
Notes
305
Index
311
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