Schwann Opus

Author: Becky Barnhart
Publisher: Schwann Publications
ISBN: 9781575980515
Size: 39.58 MB
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Gould And Variations

Author: Ghyslaine Guertin
ISBN: 2924024153
Size: 23.37 MB
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The work of Glenn Gould employs a range of expressive techniques that combine sounds, words and images without ever compromising the unity and logic of the aesthetic vision they reflect. Nevertheless, it is his interpretive brilliance as a pianist that continues to inspire emotion and awe. The genius of Glenn Gould lies in the sounds he created. With Gould, music becomes a language – a language of such rigour, coherence and clarity that all who hear it are able to discern its principal components. Each sound is articulated and perceived distinctly as part of a melodic and harmonic sequence that imbues it with meaning. The structure of each musical phrase is integrated into the work as a whole according to a rhythm and a tempo that continually reinforce the central discourse. Gould compared his approach to that of a composer analyzing and dissecting his own work. As an interpreter, he did not hesitate to define himself as a “recording artist” dedicated to the “reconstruction” of that same work.The CD on which it is presented to the listener is thus the result of a lengthy process: take after take of the same phrases, the same ornaments – marginally different each time – until the point when the whole piece precisely mirrored the idea already formulated in his mind. This endless editing and splicing of the audio tape can be likened to the craft of the filmmaker. As well as broadening the possibilities of his art through the application of new technologies, Gould helped revolutionize the relations between composer, work and listener, requiring that the latter be not only receptive but also creative. He always conceived of a listener with access to the most sophisticated equipment, whom he could lead straight to the essence – discovery of the work – of his own quest for beauty and ecstasy. S. Bach and his contrapuntal composition were his main source of inspiration. “I really can’t think of any other music which is so all-encompassing, which moves me so deeply and so consistently, and which, to use a rather imprecise word, is valuable beyond all of its skill and brilliance for something more meaningful than that – its humanity.”Gould’s career was framed by one of Bach’s most fascinating compositions, the Goldberg Variations. The work is concerned with balance, symmetry, harmonic coherence and, according to baroque principles, diversity and contrast. Transcending his mathematical rigour, the composer operates highly imaginatively, using a variety of genres, writing techniques and expressive means. Bach succeeds in transforming his basic musical material – an aria – without altering the general structure of the work. Owing to its harmonic form, the aria enables the listener to perceive the wide diversity of the sound landscape that is revealed as the work unfolds. The interpreter can play with complete freedom in the garden created by the composer: “It is, in short, music which observes neither end nor beginning, music with neither real climax nor real resolution.”

Debussy S Paris

Author: Catherine Kautsky
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442269839
Size: 10.65 MB
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Debussy’s Paris takes readers on a tour of Belle Époque Paris through detailed descriptions of the city’s delights and the exquisite piano music Debussy wrote to accompany them. Kautsky reveals little known aspects of Parisian life and weaves the music, the man, the city, and the era into an indissoluble whole.

Dora Bruder

Author: Patrick Modiano
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520962028
Size: 55.41 MB
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Patrick Modiano opens Dora Bruder by telling how in 1988 he stumbled across an ad in the personal columns of the New Year's Eve 1941 edition of Paris Soir. Placed by the parents of a 15-year-old Jewish girl, Dora Bruder, who had run away from her Catholic boarding school, the ad sets Modiano off on a quest to find out everything he can about Dora and why, at the height of German reprisals, she ran away on a bitterly cold day from the people hiding her. He finds only one other official mention of her name on a list of Jews deported from Paris to Auschwitz in September 1942. With no knowledge of Dora Bruder aside from these two records, Modiano continues to dig for fragments from Dora's past. What little he discovers in official records and through remaining family members, becomes a meditation on the immense losses of the peroid—lost people, lost stories, and lost history. Modiano delivers a moving account of the ten-year investigation that took him back to the sights and sounds of Paris under the Nazi Occupation and the paranoia of the Pétain regime as he tries to find connections to Dora. In his efforts to exhume her from the past, Modiano realizes that he must come to terms with the specters of his own troubled adolescence. The result, a montage of creative and historical material, is Modiano's personal rumination on loss, both memoir and memorial.

French Literature

Author: Harvard University. Library
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Size: 20.47 MB
Format: PDF
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