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Graphic Music Analysis: An Introduction to Schenkerian Theory and Practice (Paperback)
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Graphic Music Analysis: An Introduction to Schenkerian Theory and Practice (Paperback)

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Paperback 390 Pages / Published: 14/02/2019
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Graphic Music Analysis presents Schenkerian analysis in a practical and engaging manner that will resonate with musicology, theory, and composition students, as well as performing musicians. With over 650 musical examples, Eric Wen guides students through the step-by-step process of creating graphic representations of music and reveals how Schenkerian ideas evolve out of analytical issues in the works encountered. Rather than promoting an analytic method for its own sake, Wen derives structural techniques from their particular musical situations to help students engage directly with the music. The textbook has an online companion website (textbooks.rowman.com/wen) featuring: oFull scores and recordings of the works discussed in the book oDownloadable workbook of additional pieces to analyze oDetailed commentary on Schenker's own analysis of J. S. Bach's Prelude in C from Book 1 of The Well-Tempered Clavier An instructor's manual with a step-by-step guide to analyzing the supplementary workbook examples is also available. Please email textbooks@rowman.com for more information.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781538104668
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 1025 g
Dimensions: 281 x 216 x 24 mm


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Eric Wen has long been known as a leading Schenkerian scholar and a dynamic, inspirational teacher of tonal analysis. Both of these traits are fully on display in this wonderful book-an engrossing and welcoming introduction to the deeper meanings of the great works of the classical, tonal tradition. -- Joseph Straus, distinguished professor, CUNY Graduate Center, former president, Society for Music Theory
Wen underlines the close connection between analysis and writing. He explains analytical terms on the basis of their graphic representation and from the beginning applies them to fine examples from well-known and remarkable works of Western tonal music. The book presents a rich variety of compositional possibilities in a balanced mixture of simple and rather complex examples, explained clearly and in detail. Further, Wen offers short and instructive historical information on the pieces and repeatedly highlights the contrapuntal fundamentals of tonal music -- Martin Eybl, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
The synthesis of artistic intuition and intellectual rigor in Heinrich Schenker's theory of structural levels has always presented conundrums for any pedagogy; the transmission of his method has usually depended on an oral tradition in which students develop their analytical insights in dialogue with recognized experts. Although no textbook will ever replace this process of apprenticeship, Eric Wen's imaginative new book comes closer than any text I have seen. Professor Wen, who is one of our most creative analysts, manages to explain the technical complexities of the theory in lucid detail while showing students how analysis can respond to the unique sound world of each musical composition. I would use this book in my classes in Schenkerian analysis and encourage others to do so as well. -- Kevin Korsyn, professor, University of Michigan
Richly illustrated, comprehensive in scope, and scrupulous in its attention to musical detail, Graphic Music Analysis lays out paths to understanding the hierarchic nature of common-practice music. Drawing on years of expert teaching, Eric Wen provides students with tools for performing linear analyses of tonal music. The book sets new standards in the domestication of Schenker's thought for the twenty-first century American classroom. -- Kofi Agawu, Princeton University, author of Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music
In Graphic Music Analysis Eric Wen draws upon decades of experience to elucidate the layered patterns and underlying linear structures of common-practice period tonal music, all engagingly explained through the analytic system of reduction developed by Heinrich Schenker early in the twentieth century. Clearly written and generously appointed with elegantly executed examples, Graphic Music Analysis offers not just a powerful method of analyzing tonal music, but also a rewarding way of hearing that music, which should be of compelling interest to theorists and practitioners alike. -- R. Larry Todd, Arts & Sciences Professor, Duke University
Eric Wen's Graphic Music Analysis leads gently, but authoritatively, from very simple analytical decisions to nuanced readings of complete pieces. The repertoire, which emphasizes chamber and symphonic works, is a joy. The method is Schenkerian, but the humane approach of Donald Francis Tovey helped to inspire this remarkable text. -- William Rothstein, professor, CUNY Graduate Center
Drawing upon his extensive experiences teaching the concepts to students, Eric Wen presents a view of Schenkerian analytical techniques in clear and engaging language, with attention to the irreducible significance of the performer's role in expressing these concepts in performance. The book will be beneficial to students new to Schenkerian analysis, seasoned scholars, and performers alike. -- Michael Baker, associate professor of music theory, School of Music, University of Kentucky

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