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To Be At Music

Author : Norma Cole
ISBN : 1890650447
Genre : Literary Collections
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Norma Cole says that "a poem is a made place, a deedless deed that stakes out or constellates ambiguity without laying claim to it, without attempting to master or contain it." She has here assembled into a book her long dialogue with many voices, some her own, some the voices of those she loves. These essays are never attempts to master, but they are subtle questionings of various works in various languages, and are impassioned engagements at specific moments in time; many were written as celebrations of writers such as Lorine Niedecker and George Oppen. But the liveliness of mind, constant and thrilling throughout, is the liveliness of Norma Cole herself. Like the person herself, this book is a fabulous companion.---Bin Ramke, editor of The Denver Quarterly and author of Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems To read Norma Cole's wondrous essays is indeed to be at music; her investigations subtle and expansive give us brave and lovely glints of what a writing subjectivity might ideally be. Here is silence's substance, time's abrasion, our linguistic possessivity and opening, an engagement with language and---stunningly---with the structure of the essay itself. Cole is as at home with Xenophanes as she is with Dante; her citational presences are flares of thought by which she builds the imaginary community some would banish from the Republic: Where poets live, eat, remember, name. Hers is a search past borders rather than in defense of them; she knows lucid and ludic are the same word and to be ludic---in or at play---is real resistance. Painting, visuality, translation, prosody, pictures, words, vertigo, time: the reader immerses in these essais, and marvels and is renewed.---Erin Moure, author of My Beloved Wager and Little Theatres In one of her essays---really an insufficient word for these experimental thought-montages---Norma Cole describes translation as "a record of the encounter." What we get in To Be At Music is the record of Cole's Profound encounters with the works and lives of Oppen, Blanchot, H.D., Niedecker, Jabes, Blaser; the paintings of Stanley Whitney and Marjorie Welish; the hard facts of contemporary history. What marks all these pieces is a marvelous openness. Instead of delivering neatly packaged conclusions, Cole invites us to participate in her thought process, to become active collaborators in the making of meaning.---Raphael Rubinstein, art critic for Art in America and author of Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002
Category: Literary Collections

The Whistling Blackbird

Author : Robert Morris
ISBN : 9781580463492
Genre : Music
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A collection of essays on new music, composers, and issues in American music criticism and aestheticson by composer and music theorist Robert Morris.
Category: Music

The Music Of The Republic

Author : Eva Brann
ISBN : 9781589882812
Genre : Philosophy
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In this collection of essays, Eva Brann talks with readers about the conversations Socrates has with his fellow Athenians. She shows how Plato's dialogues and the timeless matters they address remain important to us today. From introductory pieces on the Republic, the Phaedo, and the Sophist, to an account of the less well known Charmides, each essay starts where Plato starts, without presupposing a critical theory. In the title essay's brilliant account of the Republic, Brann demonstrates its central importance in Plato's work. Other essays consider Plato's notion of time; discuss how to teach Plato to undergraduates; and contend that a thoughtful text-based study of Plato can have a very personal impact on a reader. Encouraged to befriend the dialogues, readers will join in the great Socratic conversations.
Category: Philosophy

The Classics Of Music

Author : Donald Francis Tovey
ISBN : 0198162146
Genre : Music
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'Its many insights and some sustained stretches of brilliant illumination make this new volume indispensable.' -Robin Holloway, London Review of Books'A magnificent work... Tovey's is a voice that still needs to be heard.' -Times Higher Education Supplement'More than welcome in these intellectually confused times... huge and superbly edited... This collection is particularly valuable for its revelations of his [Tovey's] musical and mental development, allowing us to gain a rounded, fully representative view of his achievements and failures alike, together with his struggles to communicate to best effect.' -Musical Times'Full of good things.' -Charles Rosen, Times Literary SupplementThe Classics of Music assembles here for the first time all of Tovey's significant writings not previously available as a collection. For much of the twentieth century, Donald Francis Tovey (1875-1940) has been Britain's most celebrated and influential writer on music, largely as a result of the considerable corpus of his work published by Oxford University Press in the 1930s and 1940s. However, as a prolific and popular lecturer, broadcaster, and essayist, Tovey left many writings unpublished at the time of his death. All the writings here are characteristically stimulating and stylish, making this essential collection available to a new generation of musicians.
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Hearing And Knowing Music

Author : Edward T. Cone
ISBN : 9781400830466
Genre : Music
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Edward T. Cone was one of the most important and influential music critics of the twentieth century. He was also a master lecturer skilled at conveying his ideas to broad audiences. Hearing and Knowing Music collects fourteen essays that Cone gave as talks in his later years and that were left unpublished at his death. Edited and introduced by Robert Morgan, these essays cover a broad range of topics, including music's position in culture, musical aesthetics, the significance of opera as an art, setting text to music, the nature of twentieth-century harmony and form, and the practice of musical analysis. Fully matching the quality and style of Cone's published writings, these essays mark a critical addition to his work, developing new ideas, such as the composer as critic; clarifying and modifying older positions, especially regarding opera and the nature of sung utterance; and adding new and often unexpected insights on composers and ideas previously discussed by Cone. In addition, there are essays, such as one on Debussy, that lead Cone into areas he had not previously examined. Hearing and Knowing Music represents the final testament of one of our most important writers on music.
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Furtw Nler On Music

Author : Ronald Taylor
ISBN : 9781351566148
Genre : Music
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Wilhelm Furtwler left not only some of the greatest interpretations of operatic and symphonic music on record, but also expressed his views on musical issues of the moment in a number of outspoken essays and talks. His writings range from practical matters of performance and interpretation to aesthetic reflections on what he saw as the alarming direction in which music was developing in the wake of Schoenberg and the twelve-tone system of composition. Professor Ronald Taylor has here, for the first time, translated and annotated a selection of Furtwler's writings covering the four decades from the First World War to the conductor's death in 1954, and prefaced them with an essay on Furtwler's controversial career and complicated personality. The result is a collection of stimulating pieces with a claim on our attention, made all the greater for reflecting the musical and philosophical ideals of one of the great conductors of the twentieth century.
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Essays On Word Music Adaptation And On Surveying The Field

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ISBN : 9789004358041
Genre : Political Science
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The twelve essays presented in this volume are drawn from the Fifth International Conference on Word and Music Studies held at Santa Barbara, CA, in 2005. The conference was organized and sponsored by The International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) and in its central section explored the theme of “Word/Music Adaptation”. In these wide-ranging papers, a great variety of cases of intermedial transposition between music, literature, drama and film are examined. The music of Berlioz, Biber, Chopin, Carlisle Floyd, Robert Franz, Bernard Herrmann, Liszt, Richard Strauss, Verdi, and pop singer Kate Bush confronts and commingles with the writings of Emily Brontë, Goethe, Nancy Huston, George Sand, and Shakespeare in these cutting-edge adaptation studies. In addition, four films are discussed: Wuthering Heights, Fedora, Otello, and The Notebook. The articles collected will be of interest not only to music and literary scholars, but also to those engaged in the study of adaptation theory, semiotics, literary criticism, narrative theory, art history, feminism or postmodernism.
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Author : Brian Cherney
ISBN : 9781554582563
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Supplementing the volume is an audio CD of extracts from Weinzweig compositions, ranging from a 1937 student work to a song cycle of 1994"--Back of jacket.
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Critical Essays On Anne Stevenson

Author : Angela Leighton
ISBN : 9781846314841
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Voyages over Voices is the first book-length critical exploration of the work of internationally acclaimed American-British poet Anne Stevenson, who has long been regarded as one of the most important contemporary poets on either side of the Atlantic. Bringing together a distinguished list of contributors—including Jay Parini, Carol Rumens, Tim Kendall, and John Lucas—Angela Leighton provides an invaluable contribution to understanding Stevenson's large body of work. "Anne Stevenson is as big and as great a poet as Plath or Bishop. . . . Leighton's richly rewarding collection makes a significant and invaluable contribution to our knowledge of her work."—Andrew McNeillie, University of Exeter
Category: Literary Criticism

Collected Essays

Author : Hanif Kureishi
ISBN : 9780571276899
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This collection begins in the early 1980s with The Rainbow Sign, which was written as the Introduction to the screenplay of My Beautiful Laundrette. It allowed Kureishi to expand upon the issues raised by the film : race, class, sexuality - issues that were provoked by his childhood and family situation. In the ensuing decades, he has developed these initial ideas, especially as the issue of Islam's relation to the West has become one of the burning issues of the time. Kureishi shows how flexible a form the essay can be - as intellectual as Sontag or Adam Phillips, as informal and casual as Max Beerbohm, as cool and minimalist as Joan Didion, or as provocative as Norman Mailer. As with his fictional work, these essays display Kureishi's ability to capture the temper of the times.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Forms Of Music

Author : Donald Francis Tovey
ISBN : 9781443721509
Genre : Music
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Donald Francis Tovey Born in 1 875, Donald Francis Tovey was a British musicologist and composer. He took classical honors with his B. A. at Ox ford in 1898, and became a pianist of the first rank, though he never sought a virtuoso career. From 1914 to 1940 he was Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University. He died in 1 940. His other books include Normality and Freedom in Music, The Main Stream of Music, A Musician Talks, Essays in Musical Analysis, and Beethoven. ivx Meridian Books edition first published October 1956 First printing September 1956 Second printing June 1957 Third printing July 1958 Fourth printing April 1959 Fifth printing December 1959 Reprinted by arrangement with Oxford University Press Originally published 1944 as Musical Articles from the Encyclopaedia Britannica Library of Congress catalog card number 56-10015 Manufactured in the United States of America EDITORIAL PREFACE THE desire to set down upon paper a comprehensive system of musical education was present in the mind of Donald Tovey for the greater part of his life. In 1896, when he was 21, he wrote in a letter to a friend that he had begun a great work quot on the means of Expression in Music quot If ever I finish the thing, into print it shall go. Thirty years later, he was talking about a series of four text-books on music. But into print neither the one scheme nor the other went the final expression of his ideas on music was never written. It never could be written, because it was never final in the mind of that incessant discoverer in music. Nor was his method of writing that of finality. The nearest point to finality which Tovey ever reached in his expression of a formal philosophy in music is tobe found in the articles on technique and aesthetics of music as he called them himself in the list of his writings supplied to Who s Who which he contributed to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Those articles, written from 1906 onwards for the eleventh edition of the Ency clopaedia, and revised again, almost rewritten, for the fourteenth edition in 1929, were necessarily cast in the imposed form of treatises under word-headings. Yet they coalesce very firmly into a clear and coherent testament, almost into a text-book of the art of music in its widest meaning. Like the Glossary to the Essays in Musical Analysis, the entries are unconnected, the whole comprehensive, and while not attempting completeness, afford the reader a wider range of musical thought and a fuller discussion of technical problems than most of the exhaustive and laborious theses now available. Tovey himself set great store by these articles. They formed for him the basis of his teaching at the University of Edinburgh. They are the background to those fuller considerations of musical compositions which are his Essays in Musical Analysis. It was his own proposal that these articles should be gathered together into one volume, an idea expressed to me as long ago as 1926. Means were then taken towards the end of publishing, and it was agreed that Tovey should in his own time make any alterations or correc tions necessary for the new method of presentation. But many other fresh and no doubt more important ideas and schemes came bubbling up into that wonderfully fertile brain, and nothing was done about the book of musical articles. I say more important because, though he was in life so fully occupied, it has now been foundpossible to publish these articles after the author s death. This book contains all the articles which Tovey wrote for the VI EDITORIAL PREFACE Encyclopaedia Britannica, as they now appear there, with the exception of one on Modern Music and the biographies. The book was set up from printed slips, and thus follows the text finally approved and corrected by the author. The very long musical examples are printed in full...
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Music Inside Out

Author : John Rahn
ISBN : 9057013320
Genre : Music
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The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature. The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.
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Selected Essays And Talks Of Nirodbaran

Author : Nirodbaran
ISBN : UVA:X030168396
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Chiefly about his friends and associates at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, previously published in Mother India.

Pennsylvania School Journal

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105006542042
Genre : Education
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Includes "Official program of the ... meeting of the Pennsylvania State Educational Association" (sometimes separately paged).
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Paracritical Hinge

Author : Nathaniel Mackey
ISBN : 0299204049
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Paracritical Hinge is a collection of varied yet interrelated pieces highlighting Nathaniel Mackey’s multifaceted work as writer and critic. It embraces topics ranging from Walt Whitman’s interest in phrenology to the marginalization of African American experiential writing; from Kamau Brathwaite’s "calibanistic" language practices to Garc�a Lorca’s flamenco aesthetic of duende and its continuing repercussions; from H.D.’s desert measure and coastal way of knowing to the altered spatial disposition of Miles Davis’s trumpet sound; from Robert Duncan’s Vietnam War poetry to the emancipatory potential of collaborative practices; from serial poetics to diasporic syncretism; from the lyric poem’s present-day predicaments to gnosticism. Offering illuminating commentary on these and other artists including Amiri Baraka, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Wilson Harris, Jack Spicer, John Coltrane, Jay Wright, and Bob Kaufman, Paracritical Hinge also sheds light on Mackey’s own work as a poet, fiction writer, and editor.
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