Essays on artistic piano playing and other topics by Silvio Scionti

By Silvio Scionti

Silvio Scionti, after constructing himself as a miles renowned pianist and instructor on the American Conservatory and The Chicago Musical university, moved together with his spouse Isabel to big apple urban the place the duo played in the entire significant song facilities in Europe, Mexico, and the USA. international warfare II interrupted that profession and Scionti grew to become Artist in place of dwelling on the collage of North Texas in 1942. As grasp instructor, clinician, conductor, arranger of works for 2 pianos, editor of many works for solo piano, and author of essays on a number of points of piano taking part in, he attracted one of the most proficient pianists from all around the nation, thereby enormously improving the recognition and progress of the varsity of tune. all through Scionti’s tenure at North Texas, his scholars received nationwide and foreign piano competitions, score along scholars at track faculties resembling Juilliard, Eastman, and Curtis.

Silvio Scionti (1882–1973), the celebrated Italian-American pianist and instructor, was once a prolific author. This e-book, approximately artistry in piano taking part in, includes heretofore unpublished essays that Scionti wrote over a interval of decades. the themes diversity from “Basic issues in high quality Piano enjoying” and “The artwork of Pedaling” (both richly illustrated with musical examples) to “Memorizing Piano Music,” “Silence—Its Use and Misuse,” and “The Metronome—Its worthwhile or destructive Side.

Silvio Scionti used to be a zestful, colourful determine, in addition to a grasp pianist and instructor. His “buoyant spirit,” enthusiasm, expertise, and attractiveness introduced scholars to Denton from round the kingdom. tales approximately him, quite approximately his greater than ten-year occupation on the college of North Texas, are legion, and writer Jack Guerry—a former Scionti student—has accrued a lot of them during this remembrance and biography.

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Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise: A Translation and by Berlioz, Hugh Macdonald

By Berlioz, Hugh Macdonald

Berlioz's Orchestration Treatise (1843) is a vintage textbook by way of a grasp of the orchestra, which has now not been to be had in English translation for over a century. this can be a ebook by means of and approximately Berlioz, because it offers not just a brand new translation but additionally an intensive observation on his textual content, facing the tools of Berlioz's time and evaluating his guideline along with his perform. it's therefore a learn of the excessive craft of the main precise orchestrator of the 19th century.

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Wagner's Musical Prose: Texts and Contexts (New Perspectives by Thomas S. Grey

By Thomas S. Grey

This e-book is a learn of the prose writings of Richard Wagner and their relevance to an knowing of his song and drama, in addition to their relation to tune feedback and aesthetics within the 19th century typically. It seems at valuable subject matters in his writings, reminiscent of philosophies of musical shape and that means, Wagner's metaphors and terminology, and connects them with research of track from his personal operas and works through different composers reminiscent of Beethoven and Berlioz approximately whom Wagner wrote.

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Debussy and the fragment by Cummins, Linda; Debussy, Claude; Debussy, Claude

By Cummins, Linda; Debussy, Claude; Debussy, Claude

Instead of strong frames, a few lower than excellent aesthetic gadgets have permeable membranes which enable them to diffuse without problems into the typical international. within the parallel universes of track and literature, Linda Cummins extols the poetry of such imperfection. She areas Debussy's paintings inside of a practice thriving on anti-Aristotelian rules: motley collections, crumbling ruins actual or faux, huge hybrids, patchwork and palimpsest, hasty sketches, ellipses, truncated beginnings and endings, meandering arabesques, inappropriate digressions, auto-quotations. delicate to the intermittences of reminiscence and adventure and with a willing ear for ironic intrusion, Cummins attracts the reader into the Western cultural earlier looking for the strangely ubiquitous aesthetic of the incomplete, negatively silhouetted opposed to expectancies of rational coherence. Theories popularized by way of Schlegel and embraced by way of the French Symbolists are just the 1st waypoint on an elaborately illustrated travel achieving again to Petrarch. Cummins meticulously applies the derived effects to Debussy's rankings and reveals convincing correlations during this chiasmatic crossover. CONTENTS advent bankruptcy 1: Ruins of conference; Conventions of damage bankruptcy 2: Beginnings and Endings bankruptcy three: Arcadias and Arabesques bankruptcy four: The cartoon bankruptcy five: Auto-Quotation bankruptcy 6: Preludes: A Postlude Bibliography

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Composing the Modern Subject: Four String Quartets by Dmitri by Sarah Reichardt

By Sarah Reichardt

Because the booklet of Solomon Volkov's disputed memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich, the composer and his song has been topic to heated debate bearing on how the musical which means of his works should be understood in dating to the composer's lifestyles in the Soviet nation. whereas a lot ink has been spilled little or no paintings has tried to outline how Shostakovich's tune has remained so arresting not just to these in the Soviet tradition, but in addition to Western audiences - even if such audiences are usually mostly blind to the compositional context or maybe the biography of the composer.This e-book deals an invaluable corrective: surroundings apart biographically grounded and conventional analytical modes of explication, Reichardt uncovers and explores the musical ambiguities of 4 of the composer's heart string quartets, in particular these ambiguities positioned in moments of rupture in the musical constitution. The track is continually collapsing, reversing, inverting and denying its personal structural imperatives. Reichardt argues that such disagreement of the musical language with itself, even though possibly interpretable as Shostakovich's personal specified model of double-speak, additionally speaks poignantly to the fractured nation of a extra normal kind of smooth subjectivity.Reichardt employs the framework of Lacanian psychoanalysis to supply a cogent rationalization of this connection among disruptive musical technique and sleek subjectivity. The ruptures of Shostakovich's track develop into indicators of the pathologies on the center of contemporary subjectivity. those signs, in flip, relate to the Lacanian suggestion of the true, that's the empty kernel round which the trendy topic constructs truth. This framework proves worthwhile in constructing a robust, unique hermeneutic realizing of the tune. learn in the course of the lens of the genuine, the riddles written into the quartets display the arbitrary and contingent country of the musical subject's built fact, reflecting pathologies endemic to the trendy .

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A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert and Sullivan by Gayden Wren

By Gayden Wren

Written greater than a century in the past and before everything seemed even by means of their creators as not anything greater than gentle leisure, the fourteen operas of Gilbert & Sullivan emerged over the process the 20th century because the world's preferred physique of musical-theater works, rating moment merely to Shakespeare within the heritage of English-language theater. regardless of this resounding attractiveness and confirmed durability, such a lot books written in regards to the duo have excited by the authors instead of the works. With this designated exam of all fourteen operas, Gayden Wren fills this void. His daring thesis unearths the foremost to the operas' durability, now not within the smart lyrics, witty discussion, or catchy tune, yet within the imperative topics underlying the characters and tales themselves. Like Shakespeare's comedies, Wren exhibits, the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan suffer due to their undying subject matters, which communicate to audiences as powerfully now as they did the 1st time they have been played. Written out of an abiding love for the Savoy operas, this quantity is vital examining for any devotee of those spell binding works, or certainly for a person who loves musical theater.

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Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons The Charles by Igor Stravinsky

By Igor Stravinsky

One of many maximum of up to date composers has the following set down in delightfully own style his normal principles approximately song and a few money owed of his personal adventure as a composer. each concert-goer and lover of track will take willing excitement in his notes in regards to the crucial good points of track, the method of musical composition, idea, musical kinds, and musical execution. through the quantity are to he stumbled on trenchant reviews on such matters as Wagnerism, the operas of Verdi, musical flavor, musical snobbery, the impression of political rules on Russian song less than the Soviets, musical improvisation in preference to musical building, the character of melody, and the functionality of the critic of tune. Musical humans of each style will welcome this primary presentation in English of an surprisingly attention-grabbing ebook.

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Picture composition for film and television by PETER WARD

By PETER WARD

At the back of each one shot there lies an idea or function. whilst developing a shot, the digicam operator can hire various visible concepts that may essentially speak the assumption to an viewers. Composition is the bedrock of the operator's craft, but is seldom taught in education classes within the trust that it's an intuitive, own ability. Peter Ward indicates how composition will be discovered, to reinforce the standard of your paintings. in response to the author's personal sensible event, the e-book bargains with the tools on hand for resolving functional creation questions akin to: Does the shot composition safely mirror the concept that initiated the shot? Will the content material and approach to providing the topic thoroughly exhibit the belief? significant techniques in tv and picture construction because the prior version have affected the kinds of composition, corresponding to wide-screen and using mini DV cameras. those new applied sciences and their implications for photo composition are addressed during this new version. a brand new color plate part can also be being integrated to replace the part on color. while you are a practicing digital camera operator, trainee digicam operator, pupil or lecturer on a tv or movie creation direction, or just a video fanatic wishing to development to a extra specialist commonplace you can find this booklet crucial in bettering the standard of your paintings. * research the secrets and techniques of winning composition from an skilled digicam operator * thoroughly rewritten together with compositional implications of widescreen, DV cameras * Teaches via diverse examples of useful eventualities and problem-solving

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Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody by Carolyn Williams

By Carolyn Williams

Lengthy prior to the satirical comedy of The day-by-day express and The Colbert record, the comedian operas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan have been the most well liked send-ups of the day's political and cultural obsessions. Gilbert and Sullivan's productions regularly rose to the extent of social statement, regardless of being impertinent, absurd, or inane. a few audience may perhaps take them directly, yet what feels like sexism or stereotype was once really a shrewdpermanent technique of critique. Parody was once a strong weapon within the tradition wars of late-nineteenth-century England, and with defiantly in-your-face sophistication, Gilbert and Sullivan proved that pop culture may be intellectually in addition to politically challenging.Carolyn Williams underscores Gilbert and Sullivan's artistic and acute realizing of cultural formations. Her designated viewpoint indicates how nervousness drives the bothered brain within the Lord Chancellor's "Nightmare track" in Iolanthe and is vividly discovered within the sexual and fiscal phraseology of the song's patter lyrics. the fashionable physique appears to be like automatic and performative within the "Junction music" in Thespis, looking ahead to Charlie Chaplin's manufacturing unit employee in smooth occasions. Williams additionally illuminates using magic in The Sorcerer, the parody of nautical melodrama in H.M.S. Pinafore, the ridicule of Victorian aesthetic and idyllic poetry in persistence, the autoethnography of The Mikado, the position of gender in Trial through Jury, and the subject matter of illegitimacy in The Pirates of Penzance. along with her provocative reinterpretation of those artists and their paintings, Williams recasts our realizing of creativity within the past due 19th century. (7/1/11)

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