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Music with words : a composer's view

Author: Virgil Thomson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a group of essays about vocal music, as composers face the writing of it, especially to English words and about the union of poetry and music.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virgil Thomson
ISBN: 0300045050 9780300045055
OCLC Number: 19325531
Description: x, 178 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: A formal introduction to the subject --
Word-groups --
Occasions for singing --
Making everything clear --
Helping the performers --
The longs and shorts in singing --
Instrumental helps and hindrances --
The "musical idea" --
Both words and emotions are important --
Opera in the vernacular --
The nature of opera --
After all --
Musical illustrations from the works of Virgil Thomson. Musical illustrations: La valse gregorienne --
Susie Asado --
English usage --
Before sleeping --
Take, o, take these lips away --
Sigh no more, ladies --
The feast of love --
Tiger! tiger! --
The tiger --
The land of dreams --
Rose cheek'd Laura, come --
Four saints in three acts --
The mother of us all --
Lord Byron --
The death of General Washington --Crossing Brooklyn ferrry --
Missa pro defunctis.
Responsibility: Virgil Thomson.

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This is a group of essays about vocal music, as composers face the writing of it, especially to English words and about the union of poetry and music.

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