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Communication in eighteenth-century music

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Written by ten leading scholars, this volume assembles studies of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music under the broad rubric of communication. That such an impulse motivates musical composition and performance in this period of European musical history is often acknowledged but seldom examined in depth. The book explores a broad set of issues, ranging from the exigencies of the market for books and music in the eighteenth century through to the deployment of dance topoi in musical composition. A number of close readings of individual works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven draw on a sophisticated body of historically-appropriate technical resources to illuminate theories of form, metre, bass lines and dance topoi. Students and scholars of music history, theory and analysis will find in this volume a set of challenging, state-of-the-art essays that will stimulate debate about musical meaning and engender further study.
• The first study to cover in depth the topic of communication and music in the eighteenth century • Chapters are written by leading scholars in the fields of music theory and communicative science • Includes close readings of individual works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven
Contents
Foreword Danuta Mirka; Part I. Communication and the Market: 1. Communication and verisimilitude in the eighteenth century Paul Cobley; 2. Listening to listeners Mark Evan Bonds; 3. 'Mannichfaltige abweichungen von der gewöhnlichen sonaten-form': Beethoven's 'Piano-Solo' op. 31 no. 1 and the challenge of communication Claudia Maurer Zenck; Part II. Musical Grammar: 4. Metre, phrase structure and manipulations of musical beginnings Danuta Mirka; 5. National metrical types in music of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries William Rothstein; 6. Schoenberg's 'Second Melody', or, 'Meyer-ed' in the bass William E. Caplin; Part III. Rhetorical Form and Topical Decorum: 7. A metaphoric model of sonata form: two expositions by Mozart Michael Spitzer; 8. Beethoven's op. 18 no. 3, First Movement: two readings, with a comment on analysis Kofi Agawu; 9. K331, First Movement: once more, with feeling Wye J. Allanbrook; 10. Dance topoi, sonic analogs and musical grammar: communicating with music in the eighteenth century Lawrence Zbikowski; Afterword Kofi Agawu.
Contributors
Danuta Mirka, Paul Cobley, Mark Evan Bonds, Claudia Maurer Zenck, William Rothstein, William E. Caplin, Michael Spitzer, Kofi Agawu, Wye J. Allanbrook, Lawrence Zbikowski

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Mirka, Danuta and Agawu, Kofi (eds.) (2008) Communication in eighteenth-century music, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 360pp.

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Published date: 14 July 2008
Organisations: Music

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Local EPrints ID: 67271
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67271
ISBN: 9780521888295
PURE UUID: 81474682-e7fe-4d9b-a050-5426cad27377

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Date deposited: 04 Sep 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:20

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Editor: Danuta Mirka
Editor: Kofi Agawu

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