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作者 Berry, Paul Buettner
書名 Memory, inspiration, and compositional process in the solo songs of Johannes Brahms
國際標準書號 9780549064909
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說明 385 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-06, Section: A, page: 2230
Adviser: Leon Plantinga
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 2007
Throughout his career, Brahms composed works in the intimate genre of the solo song and shared those works with close friends. This dissertation interprets selected songs as products of inextricably linked musical decision making and personal deliberation, recreating plausible paths for Brahms's compositional thought and its connections to his personal relationships based on the music and documents he left behind
Scholars have long suggested connections between compositional activity and biography in Brahms's music, but it has proven difficult to relate particular musical choices to specific aspects of his social existence. A possible solution involves new emphasis on the link between Brahms's memory and his conscious compositional decision making. Musical evidence of his recollections remains in allusive gestures and other forms of deliberate musical borrowing. Correspondence, diaries, published recollections, autograph manuscripts, and surviving materials from the composer's library preserve further clues as to the connotations of remembered music among members of Brahms's circle, for whom his latest songs were often available in manuscript before publication. Identifying borrowings from previous works and exploring what those works meant to the composer and his closest friends permits investigation of what might have motivated their reappearance in a new musical and interpersonal context
Three introductory chapters lay necessary groundwork by describing how the experience of vocal chamber music maintained and deepened interpersonal relationships within Brahms's circle. Case studies then address five clusters of solo songs, tracing connections between Brahms's compositional process and the private significance of borrowed music, and examining the role of performance in his friends' apprehension of his works. Taken together, the case studies map a series of independent but fundamentally similar moments when combined recollections of old music and past personal experience became a source of new inspiration, yielding a set of plausible scenarios that describe Brahms in the act of composing. These scenarios bring us nearer to one of the central goals of Brahms studies by facilitating a deepened understanding of how his music was made and how it was meant to function for its initial audiences
School code: 0265
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-06A
主題 Music
Alt Author Yale University
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