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Compositional artifice in the music of Henry Purcell

Author: Alan Howard
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020. ©2020
Series: Musical performance and reception.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fugal invention has proved a successful line of analytical inquiry in recent studies of repertoires from Josquin to J. S. Bach. Alan Howard brings similar insights to the music of Henry Purcell, and proposes the first analytical approach to his music to examine compositional methods alongside historically contemporary theory, focusing particularly on Purcell's 'artificial' approach to imitative counterpoint. Through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Named Person: Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell; Henry Purcell
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Howard
ISBN: 9781107006669 110700666X
OCLC Number: 1089256827
Description: xxi, 292 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Purcell's "Art of descant". In counterpoint : Sources and analysis ; Artifice, Fugeing and Fantazia ; "The chiefest instrumental musick now in request" : Canzonas and other sonata fugues ; "The power of the Italian notes" : Purcell's sonatas as and in reception --
Part II. "Thou dost thy former skill improve". "Celestial art(ifice)" in Hail, bright Cecilia ; Artifice and musical modelling ; Augmentation as artifice, artifice as augmentation ; "Italian sonatas in orchestral garb".
Series Title: Musical performance and reception.
Responsibility: Alan Howard.

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