Multiple Masks: Neoclassicism in Stravinsky's Works on Greek Subjects

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Music - 368 pages
In Multiple Masks, Maureen A. Carr studies Igor Stravinsky's creative process for Oedipus Rex, Apollo, Persäphone, and Orpheus through his musical sketches and other documents?scenarios, librettos, correspondence, reviews, and philosophical commentaries, as well as previously uncited sources for Stravinsky's book Poetics of Music. A clear explanation of Stravinsky's compositional techniques within a broad cultural context emerges for each of these four significant works. Carr concludes that Stravinsky used Greek myths as filters for certain poetic ideas and musical techniques that he developed in his earlier works. At the same time the mythological story lines provided him with the objective stance that he was seeking in these neoclassical works.
 

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Contents

A comparison of sources
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4 Examples of discrepancies
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Stravinskys Compositional Process
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1a Variation de Calliope
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2 Relationship of musical examples
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4 Rhythmic reduction of excerpts from
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The Collaboration between
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Stravinskys Compositional Process
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1 Relationship of musical examples
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About the author (2002)

Maureen A. Carr is a professor of music at The Pennsylvania State University. She is editing a facsimile of Stravinsky's sketches for L'histoire du soldat, forthcoming from A-R Editions, Inc.

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