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The Second Practice of Nineteenth-Century Tonality William Kinderman

The Second Practice of Nineteenth-Century Tonality

William Kinderman

Published July 1st 1996
ISBN : 9780803227248
Hardcover
281 pages
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In 1861, a half-century before Arnold Schoenbergs break with tonality, a young composer associated with Liszt saw a threshold to musical modernism as lodged in the suspension of the main key. As the unified tonal perspective of earlier musicMoreIn 1861, a half-century before Arnold Schoenbergs break with tonality, a young composer associated with Liszt saw a threshold to musical modernism as lodged in the suspension of the main key. As the unified tonal perspective of earlier music yielded increasingly to dualistic key structures often laden with chromaticism, the language of music was transformed. In The Second Practice of Nineteenth-Century Tonality, nine prominent theorists and historians explore aspects of this musical evolution, from Schubert to the end of the nineteenth century. Many works discussed are masterpieces of the performance repertory, ranging from Chopins piano pieces and Wagners music dramas to the symphonies of Bruckner. The integration of analytical and historical approaches in the essays seeks to avoid narrow specialization as well as the polemic stance of some recent studies. A critical assessment of issues including inter-textuality, narrative, and dramatic symbolism enriches this investigation of what may be described as the second practice of nineteenth-century tonality.