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Compositional Language in the Oratoria "The Second Act"

The Composer as Analyst. Studies in the History & Interpretation of Music S. v. 37

By (author) Harvey J. Stokes
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 077349166X
ISBN-13: 9780773491663
Barcode No: 9780773491663
"The Second Act", composed by this book's author, is a musical representation of the events recorded in the second chapter of the Acts of The Apostles from the "Holy Bible: New International Version". Performing forces include large orchestra, brass septet, mixed chorus (SATB), men's chorus (TTBB), soprano solo, tenor solo, baritone solo, and bass solo. Of central significance in this book is the utilization of an important analytical tool for investigation of much 20th-century music: category analysis. This methodology observes the composer's usage of various musical parameters in the establishment of structure. Part I provides an examination of textual and outer musical form. Part II explores the wide spectrum of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, textural, and internal form procedures. It concludes with a comparison of salient features in the composition.

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