On Music: Essays and Diversions 1963-2003

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A&C Black, 1 de gen. 2003 - 438 pàgines
This collection of essays contains some of the most exciting and original analyses of the Wagner operas from music critic and composer Robin Holloway, who is known for his trenchant style and impassioned thinking. These essays provide sustained, meditative, and illuminating accounts both of the masterpieces of the romantic era and of the classical tradition from which they derive. Holloway persuades listeners that music matters, that there is a real difference between good and bad, great and trivial, and sincere and sentimental, and that one's enjoyment can only be enhanced by the habit of critical study.>
 

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Two on Bach performances
3
the musicians musician
7
redundant genius
18
Schuberts songs recorded
20
A noble nature
24
Some thoughts about Tristan and abstract nouns
27
Motif memory and meaning in Twilight of the Gods
32
Experiencing music and imagery in Parsifal
53
Splendid but silly
237
Remembering two composers
241
towards a critique
244
Knussen at fifty
248
Two on Chabrier
251
Two on Fauré
255
Three on Debussy
264
Two on Ravel
271

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54
Humanising Wagner
68
Two on Bruckner
70
Two on Brahms
77
Gingerbread artistry
85
Unobtrusive conservative
87
Mahlers tragic friend
89
A Dutch Mahlerian
91
Mahler 10
93
two pieces on the fiftieth anniversary of his death
103
art or kitsch?
107
a critical interpretation
122
Die Frau ohne Schatten
138
Strausss last opera
142
StraussStravinskySchoenberg
150
The great mutilator
155
Lulu
157
Schoeck the evolutionary
173
Two on Weill
180
Henzes law
186
Stockhausens Inori
188
Purcells diligent muse
193
Elaborating Elgars Third
196
Fairest Isle
199
Waltons centenary
202
the sentimental sublime
204
Memorial piece
209
Strange victory
211
limits and renewals
220
Brittens tenorman
230
Britten twentyfive years on
233
Fertile masterpiece
235
Saties Socrate
277
Two on Poulenc
279
Sugar and spice
285
Scriabins Poem of Ecstasy
292
Beware the pitfalls of sincerity
294
Puzzled by Shostakovich
297
Appalled by Schnittke
300
Russian jamboree
302
Stravinskys selfconcealment
304
Stravinskys spiritual son
315
Customised goods
322
Complex Oedipus
342
Expressive sources and resources in Janáčeks musical language
344
Use your ears like a man
358
But is it art? Gershwin in a classical context
360
Aaron Copland
361
Aaron Copland
365
Ralph Shapeys Trilogy in Chicago
376
Two on David Del Tredici
379
The search for a sound aesthetics
389
Business as usual
401
Tovey
414
hab Dank
424
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429
233
430
279
431
344
432
360
433
365
434
376
436
379
437
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Sobre l'autor (2003)

Robin Holloway is well-known as a versatile and lyrical composer, who has written many chamber, orchestral and vocal works. As critic and teacher, a professor of Music and cambridge, his ground-breaking study of Debussy and Wagner has been praised for its insights into Debussy's harmonic language.

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