Pentatonicism from the Eighteenth Century to Debussy - Eastman Studies in Music (Hardback)Jeremy Day-O'Connell (author)
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Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 566
Weight: 1020 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 39 mm
An ambitious study that comprises both a full-scale analytical study and a wide-ranging historical/hermeneutical treatise. Day-O'Connell's thorough research provides a clear and detailed history of the pentatonic and how it was received by the major theorists of the 18th and 19th centuries. . . . The first comprehensive study of this subject. . . . Valuable and fascinating historical information. . . . Of particular note are the author's analyses of works by Liszt . . . will likely inspire further research in this area. -- -- Mark McFarland * MUSIC THEORY ONLINE *
Like the pentatonic idiom itself, this book is readily accessible yet surprisingly rich in evocative associations. Music theorists and historians alike will find much of value in this sophisticated exploration of a largely neglected topic. -- : A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven -- William Caplin, author of Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
Jeremy Day-O'Connell has produced a richly textured study of the influence of pentatonicism in the central repertoires of European music. The topic bears on many crucial issues, from sacred music to the exotic, and it is handled with proper concern both for musical technique and for signification. This is a book that needed to be written. -- (The Master Musicians) and The Music of Berlioz -- Julian Rushton, author of Mozart (The Master Musicians) and The Music of Berlioz
From the late Middle Ages onward, mainstream theorists have regarded resolution by semitone as the hallmark of directed motion in music. In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Jeremy Day-O'Connell welcomes us to the anhemitonic counterculture. The catalogue of musical examples alone (an anthology in all but name) is worth the price of admission. -- -- William Rothstein (City University of New York), author of Phrase Rhythm in Tonal Music
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