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Music as Narrative and Music as Drama

Jerrold Levinson

in Contemplating Art: Essays in Aesthetics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199206179
eISBN:
9780191709982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This essay poses the question of whether music, especially as regards its succession of expressive properties or states, is fruitfully thought of as a narrative of some sort. The answer returned is ... More


Dimensions of Mahlerian Narrativity

Seth Monahan

in Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

In advance of the book’s four extended narrative analyses, this chapter surveys some of the challenges and controversies surrounding the concept of musical narrative in general and of Mahlerian ... More


Khovanshchina: A Musical Drama, Russian-Style (Wagner and Musorgsky)

Boris Gasparov

in Five Operas and a Symphony: Word and Music in Russian Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106503
eISBN:
9780300133165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106503.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines Modest Mussorgsky's opera Khovanshchina. It explais that the historical basis of its plot came from the succession of violent events stretching through the last two decades of ... More


Protean Singers and the Shaping of Narrative in Helen

Naomi A. Weiss

in Music of Tragedy: Performance and Imagination in Euripidean Theater

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520295902
eISBN:
9780520968493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295902.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter analyzes the musical narrative of Helen—how the transition from lament to more celebratory mousikē linked to Dionysus mirrors the plot’s movement toward a happy resolution. It shows how ... More


Deformed Beauty?: Narrative and Musical Form in Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Tale of the Fair Melusina, Op. 32

Thomas Grey

in Rethinking Mendelssohn

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190611781
eISBN:
9780190611811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190611781.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The last of Felix Mendelssohn’s series of popular and influential concert overtures, the Overture to the Tale of the Fair Melusina of 1835 remains the least familiar of these works. It is also the ... More


The Finales

Joel Lester

in Brahms's Violin Sonatas: Style, Structure, Performance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190087036
eISBN:
9780190087043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087036.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, History, Western

Chapter 5 is a detailed study of the final movements of Brahms’s three violin sonatas. How do the finales function as separate movements? How do the finales complete the musical narratives of each ... More


Eugene Onegin in the Age of Realism

Boris Gasparov

in Five Operas and a Symphony: Word and Music in Russian Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106503
eISBN:
9780300133165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106503.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines Pyotr Ilyich's opera Eugene Onegin, which is based on Alexander Pushkin's novel. It suggests that though there were criticisms on the opera's occasional mishandling of Pushkin's ... More


Mahler's Symphonic Sonatas

Seth Monahan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199303465
eISBN:
9780199395668
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199303465.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book examines Gustav Mahler’s career-long engagement with sonata form. It argues that a dynamic, process-based sonata-form concept factors into all of his early and middle-period symphonies, ... More


Music and Mimicry in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Christina Gier

in Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199936151
eISBN:
9780190204662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936151.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter examines Franz Waxman’s score to Billy Wilder’s film Sunset Boulevard (1950) and explores how it works with the filmic narrative to heighten the portrayal of the film’s core idea of ... More


Brahms and the Violin

Joel Lester

in Brahms's Violin Sonatas: Style, Structure, Performance

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780190087036
eISBN:
9780190087043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190087036.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, History, Western

How it is that Brahms, a consummate pianist, also wrote so imaginatively and extensively for violin? Chapter 6 explores various events that took place in 1853, the year that Brahms turned 20, when he ... More


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