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The Resource Building blocks : repetition and continuity in the music of Stravinsky, Gretchen G. Horlacher

Building blocks : repetition and continuity in the music of Stravinsky, Gretchen G. Horlacher

Label
Building blocks : repetition and continuity in the music of Stravinsky
Title
Building blocks
Title remainder
repetition and continuity in the music of Stravinsky
Statement of responsibility
Gretchen G. Horlacher
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A pioneer of musical modernism, Igor Stravinsky marked a significant turn in compositional method. He broke free from traditional styles and contemporary trends in the early part of the twentieth century to achieve an entirely new and truly modern aesthetic. Striking a remarkable concurrence of stasis and discontinuity, Stravinsky crafted large-scale compositions out of short repeating melodies, juxtaposed these primary motives with contrasting and varying fragments, and layered on fixed ostinati which repeated at their own rates throughout the piece. Previous scholarship on Stravinsky focuses on the disparate and independent nature of such textures, conceiving them as separated and deadlocked, unable to escape their repetitions, and having no goal. This connects Stravinsky's procedures with the more radical music of subsequent composers for whom disconnection has served as a primary aesthetic. Yet, from the perspective of his later works, the static and discontinuous depictions of Stravinsky's music seem incomplete and perhaps even simplistic. The "building blocks" of his novel textures often consist of tunes with identifiable intervallic shapes, goal pitches, and defining durational patterns-organizations that engender continuity and connection. In other words, although its basic materials are combined into new, often dissonant and usually repetitive textures, those materials still originate in, and depend upon, traditional concepts of melody, harmony, and pulsation. Presenting an innovative analytical model for Stravinsky's compositions, Building Blocks seeks a fuller perspective, and enables a fresh, insightful approach to this music and the theoretical constructs behind it. Author Gretchen Horlacher portrays the whole of Stravinsky's repertoire as radical or modern not because it eschews continuity and connection, but because it places them in relation to their opposites: the music holds our interest because undeniable references toward continuity are dynamically coordinated (rather than subsumed) with stasis and discontinuity. Stravinsky's music thus becomes a commentary on the nature of time: the music draws into relation the tension between time as it is punctuated by fixed reference and as it flows from one event to another. It is quintessentially modern because of its inherent emphasis on multiple vantage points [Publisher description]
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Horlacher, Gretchen Grace
Dewey number
780.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.S932
LC item number
H68 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stravinsky, Igor
  • Musical analysis
Label
Building blocks : repetition and continuity in the music of Stravinsky, Gretchen G. Horlacher
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The first movement of Three pieces for string quartet : a shaking and cracking of dancing bones -- Connecting the blocks -- Stravinsky's stutter -- Multiple melodies : Stravinsky's superimpositions -- A sounding together : ordered succession across the Symphonies of wind instruments
Control code
468857693
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages
Isbn
9780195370867
Lccn
2009049401
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)468857693
Label
Building blocks : repetition and continuity in the music of Stravinsky, Gretchen G. Horlacher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The first movement of Three pieces for string quartet : a shaking and cracking of dancing bones -- Connecting the blocks -- Stravinsky's stutter -- Multiple melodies : Stravinsky's superimpositions -- A sounding together : ordered succession across the Symphonies of wind instruments
Control code
468857693
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages
Isbn
9780195370867
Lccn
2009049401
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)468857693

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