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Floros, Constantin

Overview
Works: 197 works in 749 publications in 4 languages and 15,219 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Dedicatee, Contributor, Creator, Honoree, Other, Writer of accompanying material, Interviewee
Classifications: ML410.M23, 780.92
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Most widely held works by Constantin Floros
Gustav Mahler : the symphonies by Constantin Floros( Book )

35 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustav Mahler thought of his symphonic writing as being based on personal experience, as autobiographical, and as an expression of his philosophy of life. Thus his symphonies deal with profound existential questions and with programmatic ideas that the composer was at first willing to reveal but later preferred to keep to himself. Important references to musical meaning in Mahler's symphonies can be found in numerous sources - sketches, drafts, autograph scores, and printers' proofs. These references take the form of programmatic titles, cues, and mottos, and include literary allusions, outcries of grief, and other emotional expressions; they demonstrate that his symphonies cannot be classified as absolute music but rather as music with personal, biographical, literary, and philosophical meanings. With this thesis in mind, Constantin Floros undertakes a precise and detailed exploration of each of Mahler's ten symphonies and Das Lied von der Erde, bringing to light for the first time various aspects of the works. Professor Floros examines their history and autobiographical origins and discusses the events that profoundly influenced the composer's symphonic writing. For example, Mahler's meeting with Alma Schindler (later to become Alma Mahler) in November 1901 and the tragic events of 1907 - the death of the composer's older daughter and the diagnosis of his heart trouble - profoundly changed Mahler's attitude toward life and subsequently his music. The compositional techniques employed by Mahler in each symphony are analyzed and related to stylistic and semantic aspects to decode the composer's symbolic musical language. The author is thus able to identify certain basic qualities of these works: tragic irony, the sense of the grotesque, and the affirmation of Mahler's belief both in life after death and in the power of love to transcend death. Understanding this language leads to a more profound understanding of Mahler the symphonist. Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies is the third book in Professor Floros' monumental study of Mahler, his spiritual world, and his position in relation to nineteenth-century symphonic writing in general. The first and second books have not yet been translated into English
Introduction to early medieval notation by Constantin Floros( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anton Bruckner by Constantin Floros( Book )

38 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While unappreciated and controversial during most of his life, Anton Bruckner is today regarded as the greatest symphonist between Beethoven and Gustav Mahler--in terms of originality, boldness and monumentality of his music. The image of Bruckner the man, however, is still extreme instance of the tenacious power of prejudice. No less a figure than Gustav Mahler coined the aperçu about Bruckner being "a simpleton--half genius, half imbecile." The author is out to correct that misperception. His thesis in this study is that contrary to what has hitherto been asserted, there is an intimate relation between Bruckner's sacred music and his symphonies from multiple perspectives: biographical data, sources and influences, the psychology of creation, musical structure, contemporary testimony and reception history. Additional chapters assess important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his music [Publisher description]
Universale Neumenkunde by Constantin Floros( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alban Berg and Hanna Fuchs : the story of a love in letters by Constantin Floros( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fall of 1976, 14 letters by Alban Berg, renowned composer of the Second Viennese School, were discovered in the posthumous papers of Hanna Fuchs-Robettin, wife of a Prague industrialist and sister of Franz Werfel, the well-known Austro-Czech writer. In the 1920s Berg gained international notoriety with his opera Wozzeck and the Lyric Suite, which was largely inspired by his relationship with Fuchs." "The secret letters were delivered to Hanna surreptitiously by Theodor Adorno and Alma Mahler Werfel. They were brought to New York by Hanna on her flight from Nazi persecution, and were eventually found in her estate after her death. First discovered by George Perle, then deciphered and transcribed in German by Constantin Floros, they appear here in English for the first time."--Jacket
Brahms und Bruckner : Studien zur musikalischen Exegetik by Constantin Floros( Book )

17 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in German and English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alban Berg : Musik als Autobiographie by Constantin Floros( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The central point of this book is the realization that the creative work of Alban Berg, which in recent years has moved to the forefront of scholarly interest, is largely rooted in autobiography, so that therefore one can gain access to the music by studying the inner biography of its creator. Accordingly, the first of the three parts of this volume outlines a character portrait of this great composer. Part two considers the conditions relevant to a deeper understanding of Berg and of the Second Viennese School generally. In part three, then, Berg's key works will be analyzed and semantically deciphered in terms of his inner biography. The study is based not only on the sources in print but also on the rich unpublished material. Alban Berg was incapable of composing without a program. He needed an extra-musical stimulus. With him, personal experience was the indispensable condition of the creative process: the autobiographic reference was all-important for composing."
Gustav Mahler by Constantin Floros( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in German and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethovens Eroica und Prometheus-Musik : Sujet-Studien by Constantin Floros( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in German and English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven's Eroica : thematic studies by Constantin Floros( Book )

24 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

György Ligeti : jenseits von Avantgarde und Postmoderne by Constantin Floros( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1996 in German and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Hongaarse componist (1923- )
Musik als Botschaft by Constantin Floros( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music is often defined as art for the ear, as the language of feeling, of the heart, as sound play, or as the science of composition. But music also conveys intellectual and emotional experiences, literary, religious, philosophical, social and political ideas. Countless composers encrypt contents in their music that can be deciphered by a variety of methods. This book is designed as an introduction to the basic questions of musical semantics and discusses Beethoven's committed art, the core ideas of the "Ring of the Nibelung" and of the "Symphony of a Thousand", Wagner's idea of a religion of art, the relation of music and poetry, the musico-literary conceptions of composers, the large field of program music and the history of the impact of Gustav Mahler
Johannes Brahms, free but alone : a life for a poetic music by Constantin Floros( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johannes Brahms was until now widely regarded as the archetype of the "absolute musician". Based on new research, the study shows how close autobiographic and poetic elements are in fact linked to his oeuvre. Like Robert Schumann, Brahms subscribed to an aesthetic of "poetic" music. In many of his compositions he got his inspiration from personal experiences, poems or images, as is shown by hitherto unpublished documents, letters, and diary entries, as well as from close analyses of individual works. Brahms's personality, too, is seen in a new way. He adopted Joseph Joachim's motto "Frei, aber einsam", "Free but alone". The tonal code F-A-E, the musical symbol of this, recurs frequently in his works. Not least, the English version of the book, originally published in German in 1997, includes four additional chapters that investigate novel aspects by dealing in detail with the First Symphony, the German Requiem, Nänie and the Four Serious Songs. The American Brahms Society stressed the importance of the study for all those who want to come to know the unknown Brahms [Publisher description]
Humanism, love and music by Constantin Floros( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music is no mere play of sound, no mere tonal texture, but has a significant psychic, spiritual/intellectual and social dimension. In other words: a musical art work is not merely an autonomous artifact but also document humain. With this thesis - and with a view to the question as to the meaning of music as such - the author opens his broadly designed plea for a humane music. Based on interdisciplinary researches, and making use of partly unfamiliar documents, he demonstrates on musical works from Monteverdi to Alban Berg how and why they can be heard and understood as a tonal language specif
Musikkulturgeschichte : Festschrift für Constantin Floros zum 60. Geburtstag( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustav Mahler, Visionär und Despot : Porträt einer Persönlichkeit by Constantin Floros( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustav Mahler, visionary and despot : portrait of a personality by Constantin Floros( Book )

14 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustav Mahler and the symphony of the 19th century by Constantin Floros( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subject of this book is the semantics of symphonic music from Beethoven to Mahler. Of fundamental importance is the realization that this music is imbued with non-musical, literary, philosophical and religious ideas. It is also clear that not only Beethoven, Schubert and Bruckner were crucial role models for Mahler, but also the musical dramatist Wagner and the programmatic symphony composers Berlioz and Liszt. At the same time a semantic musical analysis of their works reveals for the first time the actual inherent (poetic) quintessence of numerous orchestral works of the 19th Century [Publisher description]
György Ligeti : beyond avant-garde and postmodernism by Constantin Floros( Book )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph is an authoritative study of the oeuvre of one of the most important composers of our time. For the first time, Ligeti's key works are presented in the context of their drafts and sketches. His personal and artistic development is set forth and illuminated, and his principal compositions are analyzed and reinterpreted, based on detailed studies of the scores and drafts, as well as on personal conversations with the composer. In addition, numerous questions concerning today's composing are raised and discussed. Music does not have to be puristic: Ligeti's spheres of interest are close to universal, embracing history, natural science, and visual arts, as well as music of diverse eras and ethnicities. This expanded world of the musical comprises not just tones and sounds, speech and music, the vocal and the instrumental: Ligeti conceives music as a cosmos of acoustic form [Publisher description]
New ears for new music by Constantin Floros( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

20th-century music is characterized by a bewildering multitude of trends and movements. Often several movements co-exist in contradiction to each other, in a reflection of the century's intellectual currents and social and political changes, and the reactions they prompted. In this book, renowned musicologist and author Constantin Floros provides a survey of the different styles and tendencies in new music, presenting the most important composers from Schoenberg to Rihm in a series of fluent and readable essays that will appeal to connoisseurs and non-specialists alike. For Floros, music and b
 
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Alternative Names
Constantin Floros

Constantin Floros Greek musicologist

Constantin Floros griechischer Musikwissenschaftler

Constantin Floros musicoloog uit Griekenland

Floros, Konstantin 1930-

Phlōros, Kōnstantinos

Phlōros, Kōnstantinos 1930-

フローロス, C

フローロス, コンスタンティン

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Introduction to early medieval notationAnton BrucknerUniversale NeumenkundeAlban Berg and Hanna Fuchs : the story of a love in lettersJohannes Brahms, free but alone : a life for a poetic music