From Musical Folklore to Twelve-tone Technique: Memoirs of a Musician Between East and West

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
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The memoirs of the Russian-born German composer Georg von Alberecht (born Kasan 1891, died Heidelberg 1976) are an important document of 20th-century musical history. Dictated to his son Michael von Albrecht and first published in German, von Albrecht's autobiography recounts his dramatic experiences during the 1917 Russian revolution and the Nazi terror. His reports of encounters with such other composers as Taneyev, Glazunov, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Frommel, David, and others, and his thorough discussion of tonal systems and compositional methods, reflect the approach and critical response to many procedures typical of the 20th-century music. His analyses shed light on the works of other composers and the development of modern and postmodern compositional strategies. Translated by Michael von Albrecht and Francis R. Schwartz, and edited by Elliott Antokoletz, these memoirs offer the English-speaking reader a first-hand account of some of the most dynamic political, social, and musical developments in 20th-century Europe.
 

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Contents

Mother
3
Father
11
Brothers
19
Youth
25
Years of Apprenticeship
37
The Reality of Life
53
A New Beginning
69
Fullness of Life
87
Struggles and Reconciliation
111
Works
139
Sources
143
Index
145
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Page 6 - Her sallow, darktinged face that looked as if it had been carved out of wood was fearfully wasted and had lost the grief-stricken expression it had borne before.
Page 14 - the starry sky above me ' and the ' moral law within me ', is inherent in all non-naturalistic ethics.
Page xii - ... (Dissertation). 1081. Tuchtenhagen, Ralph: Das Schulsystem der Deutschen in Rußland 1763-1917 (Aufsatz). 1 0.4 1 9./20. Jahrhundert 1082. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Hg.): Rußland auf dem Weg zur Demokratie? Politik und Parteien in der Russischen Föderation (Studien zur Politik). 1083. Antokoletz, Elliot: Hybrid Modes and Interval Sets as Formal Determinants in Piano Sonatas of Albrecht, Scriabin, and Prokofiev (Aufsatz für: International Journal of Musicology).
Page xii - ... Russischen Föderation (Studien zur Politik). 1083. Antokoletz, Elliot: Hybrid Modes and Interval Sets as Formal Determinants in Piano Sonatas of Albrecht, Scriabin, and Prokofiev (Aufsatz für: International Journal of Musicology). 1084. Antokoletz, Elliot: Musical Integration and Poetic Correspondence in Two Twelve-Tone Songs by Georg von Albrecht, on Poems by Georg von der Vring (Aufsatz für: International Journal of Musicology).
Page 141 - Transformations of a Special Nondiatonic Mode in Twentieth-Century Music: Bart6k, Stravinsky, Scriabin, and Albrecht.
Page xii - From Russian Folk Music to Serialism in Violin Works of Georg von Albrecht" (l996): 323-57; and "Metamorphosis and Identity in the Music of Georg von Albrecht,

About the author (2004)

Elliott Antokoletz is Professor of Musicology at the University of Texas. He studied violin with Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School of Music and gained his Ph.D. in musicology at the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles and books and is especially known for his work on Bartók.

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