Collected Essays on Modern and Classical Music

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Scarecrow Press, 2008 - Music - 175 pages
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This collection of published and unpublished essays from the 1990s ranges from analyses of classical music to witty arguments about the merits and demerits of modernism and postmodernism to philosophical considerations of time, tempo, and performance. Rather than taking a technical approach accessible only to composers and musicologists, George Edwards addresses a wide audience of musically cultivated readers. His essays include philosophical and critical thoughts on music, as well as broader discussions of Marxism, psychoanalytic theory, and semiotics. Some of the essays were first published in literary journals, and all of them approach their subjects through an array of cultural references buttressed with precise musical insights. Collected Essays on Modern and Classical Music comprises three sections: essays on modern music, essays on postmodern musicology and literary theory, and analytical studies of Haydn and Schubert. Whether dissecting critical assumptions, discussing performance practices, or explicating the process of musical composition, Edwards's lively writing is never less than bracing.
 

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Contents

COMPOSITION AS RESEARCH
3
THE PLEASURE OF ITS BEING OVER A VIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
7
A CONVERSATION ABOUT NEW MUSIC
15
CASTING AWAY THE YOKE or HOW TO BE JUST A LITTLE AHEAD OF YOUR TIME
21
INVOLUNTARY AFFINITIES NEW MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY
31
MUSIC AND POSTMODERNISM
49
TAKING THE CULT OUT OF CULTURE
61
MUSIC AND SEMIOTICS
65
IS LESSING MORE? PROBLEMS OF TIME IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
71
THE NONSENSE OF AN ENDING CLOSURE IN HAYDNS STRING QUARTETS
97
PAPA DOCS RECAP CAPER HAYDN AND TEMPORAL DYSLEXIA
121
A PALIMPSEST OF MOZART IN SCHUBERTS SYMPHONY NO 5
145
AFTERWORD
165
INDEX
167
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
175
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About the author (2008)

George Edwards, now retired, was MacDowell Professor of Music at Columbia University.

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