Music and Letters

Music and Letters
Volume 87, Number 3, 2006

CONTENTS

    Weaver, Andrew H.
  • Music in the Service of Counter-Reformation Politics: The Immaculate Conception at the Hapsburg Court of Ferdinand III (1637-1657)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sances, Giovanni Felice, ca. 1600-1679. O Domina gloriae [music]
    • Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, 1608-1657. Ave maris stella [music]
    • Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, 1608-1657 -- Religion.
    • Immaculate Conception -- Songs and music -- History and criticism.
    • Church music -- Holy Roman Empire -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
    • Counter-Reformation -- Holy Roman Empire.
    Abstract:
      During the tumultuous final decade of the Thirty Years War, the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III used music as an important tool to further his religious and political agendas. Using the political ramifications of the emperor's public devotion to the Immaculate Conception as a frame of reference, this article presents two case studies in which meaning is teased out of Marian motets written by the imperial court composer Giovanni Felice Sances and by Ferdinand III himself. In the first study, a motet by Sances with a seemingly generic text is shown to present important Habsburg messages through the composer's powerful music; the second study examines the incorporation of music within the Emperor's most important religious–political ceremony in the face of a Swedish siege in 1645. In both cases not only does the imperial court context provide insights into the music, but the music also sheds light onto how Ferdinand III was able to steer successfully through the war despite military defeat.
    Williams, Alastair.
  • Swaying with Schumann: Subjectivity and Tradition in Wolfgang Rihm's 'Fremde Szenen' I-III and Related Scores
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rihm, Wolfgang. Fremde Szenen, no. 1-3 [music]
    • Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 -- Influence.
    • Subjectivity in music.
    • Modernism (Music)
    Abstract:
      Fremde Szenen I–III (1982–4) is a set of piano trios by Wolfgang Rihm, one of Europe's leading contemporary composers. Inspired by Robert Schumann, these pieces engage the swaying fluidity of his musical sensibility as a memory and as a direct presence. They immediately pose questions for anyone familiar with the traditions engaged by Rihm's music. What does it mean at the end of the twentieth century to compose Schumann-inspired music? What does this music say about modernism? Is this music nostalgic? And how is subjectivity conveyed in this music?

      By combining a nineteenth-century notion of inner emotion with an intertextual model of subjectivity, these pieces fruitfully bring into contact two differing notions of self. Moreover, they enact ways of simultaneously inhabiting and transforming historical material, without drawing a rigid boundary between these states, like a form of criticism that modifies its object in the process of understanding.

    Carroll, Mark, 1955-
  • 'It Is': Reflections on the Role of Music in Sartre's 'La Nausée'
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980. Nausée.
    • Music in literature.
    • Class consciousness in literature.

Review-Article

    McClary, Susan.
  • The World According to Taruskin
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    Subject Headings:
    • Taruskin, Richard. Oxford history of western music.
    • Taruskin, Richard, ed. Music in the Western World: a history in documents.
    • Weiss, Piero, ed.
    • Music -- History and criticism.
    • Music -- History and criticism -- Sources.

Reviews of Books

    Leach, Elizabeth Eva.
  • The Chansonnier of Oxford Bodleian MS Douce 308: Essays and Complete Edition of Texts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Atchison, Mary, 1950- Chansonnier of Oxford Bodleian MS Douce 308: essays and complete edition of texts.
    • French poetry -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
    Herissone, Rebecca.
  • A Briefe Introduction to the Skill of Song, by William Bathe (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bathe, William, 1564-1614. Briefe introduction to the skill of song.
    • Karnes, Kevin, 1972-, ed.
    • Music theory -- Early works to 1800.
    Kendall, Gustavia Yvonne.
  • Pills to Purge Melancholy: The Evolution of the English Ballett (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pike, Lionel. Pills to purge melancholy: the evolution of the English ballett.
    • Balletti (Part songs) -- England -- History and criticism.
    O'Regan, Noel.
  • Gregorio Allegri: Biographie, Werkverzeichnis, Edition und Untersuchungen zu den geringstimmig-konzertierenden Motetten mit Basso (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Helfricht, Kerstin. Gregorio Allegri: Biographie, Werkverzeichnis, Edition und Untersuchungen zu den geringstimmig-konzertierenden Motetten mit Basso continuo.
    • Allegri, Gregorio, 1582-1652.
    Le Cocq, Jonathan.
  • Pierre I Ballard et Robert III Ballard: Imprimeurs du roy pour la musique (1599-1673) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Guillo, Laurent. Pierre I Ballard et Robert III Ballard: imprimeurs du roy pour la musique, 1599-1673.
    • Ballard, Pierre, ca. 1575-1639.
    Owens, Samantha.
  • Die Viola da gamba am Wiener Kaiserhof: Untersuchungen zur Instrumenten- und Werkgeschichte der Wiener Hofmusikkapelle im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Strümper, Marc. Viola da Gamba am Wiener Kaiserhof: Untersuchungen zur Instrumenten- und Werkgeschichte der Wiener Hofmusikkapelle im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert.
    • Viola da gamba -- History.
    Johnstone, H. Diack.
  • English 18th Century Concertos--An Inventory and Thematic Catalogue (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Edwards, Owain Tudor. English eighteenth-century concertos: an inventory and thematic catalogue.
    • Concertos -- Great Britain -- 18th century -- Thematic catalogs.
    Byrne, Lorraine, 1968-
  • Goethes Musiktheater: Singspiele, Opern, Festspiele, 'Faust' (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hartmann, Tina. Goethes Musiktheater: Singspiele, Opern, Festspiele, 'Faust'.
    • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Rast, Nicholas.
  • Franz Schubert: Das fragmentarische Werk (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lindmayr-Brandl, Andrea. Franz Schubert: das fragmentarische Werk.
    • Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Hallman, Diana R.
  • Berlioz: Past, Present, Future. Bicentenary Essays (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bloom, Peter, ed. Berlioz: past, present, future: bicentenary essays.
    • Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869.
    Whittall, Arnold.
  • Wagner's Themes: A Study in Musical Expression (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kirby, F. E. Wagner's themes: a study in musical expression.
    • Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Operas.
    Beckett, Lucy.
  • A Companion to Wagner's Parsifal (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kinderman, William, ed. Companion to Wagner's Parsifal.
    • Syer, Katherine Rae, 1967-, ed.
    • Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Parsifal.
    Warrack, John Hamilton, 1928-
  • August Bungert: Ein Komponist im deutschen Kaiserreich (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hust, Christoph. August Bungert: ein Komponist im Deutschen Kaiserreich.
    • Bungert, August.
    Morris, Christopher, 1966-
  • Opera and Modern Culture: Wagner and Strauss (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kramer, Lawrence, 1946- Opera and modern culture: Wagner and Strauss.
    • Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. Operas.
    Birkin, Kenneth.
  • Eine 3000 Jährige Kulturentwicklung abgeschlossen: Biographie und Geschichte in den Metamorphosen von Richard Strauss (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lütteken, Laurenz. "Eine 3000 jährige Kulturentwicklung abgeschlossen": Biographie und Geschichte in den Metamorphosen von Richard Strauss.
    • Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Metamorphosen.
    Allsop, Peter, Dr.
  • The Song of a Life: Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sanvitale, Francesco. Song of a life: Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)
    • Hawthorne, Nicola Stephanie Jane, tr.
    • Tosti, F. Paolo (Francesco Paolo), 1846-1916 -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Harper, Nancy Lee.
  • Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hess, Carol A. Sacred passions: the life and music of Manuel de Falla.
    • Falla, Manuel de, 1876-1946.
    Whittall, Arnold.
  • Is Language a Music? Writings on Musical Form and Signification (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lidov, David, 1941- Is language a music?: writings on musical form and signification.
    • Music -- Semiotics.
    Fanning, David (David J.)
  • Erinnerungen an Alexander Skrjabin (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sabaneev, Leonid Leonidovich, 1881-1968. Erinnerungen an Alexander Skrjabin.
    • Kuhn, Ernst, tr.
    • Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, 1872-1915.
    Grant, M. J. (Morag Josephine), 1972-
  • Bühne, Film, Raum und Zeit in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Krones, Hartmut, 1944-. ed. Bühne, Film, Raum und Zeit in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts.
    • Motion picture music -- Congresses.
    Cleobury, Stephen.
  • Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus: A Handbook for Choral Conductors (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Moses, Don V., 1936- Face to face with orchestra and chorus: a handbook for choral conductors.
    • Demaree, Robert W.
    • Ohmes, Allen F.
    • Conducting.
    Garnett, Liz, 1970-
  • Democracy and Music Education: Liberalism, Ethics, and the Politics of Practice (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Woodford, Paul, 1955- Democracy and music education: liberalism, ethics, and the politics of practice.
    • School music -- Instruction and study -- Social aspects.
    Kartomi, Margaret J.
  • Zeitgenössische Musik in Indonesien: Zwischen lokalen Traditionen, nationalen Verplichtungen und internationalen Einflüssen (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mack, Dieter, 1954- Zeitgenössische Musik in Indonesien: zwischen lokalen Traditionen, nationalen Verpflichtungen und internationalen Einflüssen.
    • Music -- Indonesia -- History and criticism.
    Beard, David, 1971-
  • Brimful of Asia: Negotiating Ethnicity on the UK Music Scene (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hyder, Rehan, 1968- Brimful of Asia: negotiating ethnicity on the UK music scene.
    • Popular music -- Great Britain -- Asian influences.
    Moore, Allan F.
  • Music Scenes: Local, Translocal, and Virtual (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bennett, Andy, 1963-, ed. Music scenes: local, translocal and virtual.
    • Peterson, Richard A., ed.
    • Popular music -- History and criticism.

Reviews of Music

    Neighbour, O. W. (Oliver Wray)
  • Psalmes, Sonets and Songs (1588), and: Songs of Sundrie Natures (1589) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Byrd, William, 1542 or 3-1623. Psalmes, sonets, and songs (1588) [music]
    • Smith, Jeremy L., 1962-, ed.
    • Byrd, William, 1542 or 3-1623. Songs of sundrie natures (1589) [music]
    • Mateer, David, ed.
    • Part songs, English.
    Downey, Charles T.
  • Esther (Tragédie de Jean Racine) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Moreau, Jean-Baptiste, 1656-1733. Esther: tragédies tirées de l'Ecriture sainte [music]
    • Piéjus, Anne, ed.
    • Incidental music -- Scores.
    Dirst, Matthew Charles.
  • Easter Oratorio (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Easter oratorio: Oster Oratorium : BWV 249 : for soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists, SATB choir and orchestra [music]
    • Jenkins, Neil, ed.
    • Oratorios -- Vocal scores with piano.
    McCaldin, Denis.
  • Mass in C minor (K.427/417a), and: Mass in C minor KV 427 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Mass in C minor: (K.427/417a): for two soprano, tenor and bass soloists, double SATB chorus and orchestra [music]
    • Wilby, Philip, ed.
    • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Missa in c, KV 427: per soli (SSTB), coro (SATB/SATB), flauto, 2 oboi, 2 fagotti, 2 corni, 2 clarini, 3 tromboni, timpani, 2 violini, viola e basso continuo (Violoncello/contrabbasso, organo) [music]
    • Levin, Robert D., ed.
    • Masses -- Vocal scores with piano.
    • Masses -- Scores.
    Murray, Sterling E.
  • Three String Quartets Op. 44 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gyrowetz, Adalbert, 1763-1850. Three string quartets, opus 44 [music]
    • Sutcliffe, W. Dean, ed.
    • String quartets -- Scores and parts
    Paige, Diane M.
  • Šárka (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Janácek, Leos, 1854-1928. Sárka: opera o trech jednáních na libreto Leose Janícka podle stejnojmenného dramatu Julia Zeyera [music]
    • Zahrádka, Jirí, ed.
    • Operas -- Vocal scores with piano.

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