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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||Ludwig van Beethoven|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|Description:||xiii, 359 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.|
|Contents:||Criticism : A profile for American musicology --
How we got into analysis, and how to get out --
A few canonic variations --
Critics and the classics --
Byrd, Tallis, Alfonso Ferrabosco : William Byrd and Elizabethan Catholicism --
Byrd, Tallis, and the art of imitation --
"Write all these down" : notes on a song by Byrd --
The Missa Puer natus est by Thomas Tallis --
An Italian musician in Elizabethan England --
Beethoven : Tovey's Beethoven --
An die ferne Geliebte --
Taking the fifth --
Beethoven's minority --
Opera and concerto : Translating The magic flute --
Wagner : thoughts in season --Verdi's use of recurring themes --
Two early Verdi operas; two famous teretti --
Reading Don Giovanni --
Mozart's piano concertos and their audience - Tristan und Isolde : the prelude and the play.
Included are several well-known pleas addressed by Kerman to his professional colleagues in an effort to get them to adopt a more critical orientation for their work. Other essays range from a moving account of William Byrd as a spokesman for the beleaguered Elizabethan Catholic minority to a discerning analysis of Beethoven's famous obsession with the key of C minor. The controversial tenets of Kerman's classic Opera as Drama (1956) are reaffirmed in essays on Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Tristan und Isolde, Ernani, and I Lombardi.
Beautifully written, this book offers challenging models for a humane and historically informed music criticism.