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The Robert Shaw reader

Author: Robert Shaw; Robert Blocker
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
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Robert Shaw is considered to be the most influential choral conductor in American history. This is the first collection of his letters and notes about music ever published--at another time, it is the book Shaw would have written himself. The letters are an invigorating mix of music history and analysis, philosophy, inspiration, and practical advice. Shaw examines technique, but only as a means to an end--he moves  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Shaw; Robert Blocker
ISBN: 0300104545 9780300104547
OCLC Number: 56653473
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 465 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface / Robert Blocker --
Introduction / Tim Page --
Part 1 : Organizing and sustaining the chorus --
Part 2 : Thoughts on music, singing, rehearsal, and performance. Approach, analysis, preparation --
Warm-up, rhythm and tempo, phrasing --
Quiet singing and count-singing --
Enunciation, language --
Part 3 : Conducting the masterpieces --
Part 4 : Preaching the gospel (of the arts) --
Part 5 : Celebrating the rituals of life --
Awards and citations --
Eulogies --
Letters --
Verse.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Blocker.
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Robert Shaw is considered to be the most influential choral conductor in American history. This is the first collection of his letters and notes about music ever published--at another time, it is the book Shaw would have written himself. The letters are an invigorating mix of music history and analysis, philosophy, inspiration, and practical advice. Shaw examines technique, but only as a means to an end--he moves beyond that, delving into the essence of what music is and what it has to say to us. The heart of the book is composed of Shaws previously unpublished notes on fifteen major choral works, ranging from Bach's B Minor Mass to Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. Often inspiring and sometime hilarious, these writings reveal the full breadth of Shaw's knowledge, intensity, and humor.--Book jacket.

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"I can't remember a time when I didn't know and revere Robert Shaw. The best of 20th century choral musicianship was to be found in him, and I am delighted that he now lives again in these pages for Read more...

 
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