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In Search of New Scales: Prince Edmond de Polignac, Octatonic Explorer (Eastman Studies in Music) ePub download

by Sylvia Kahan

  • Author: Sylvia Kahan
  • ISBN: 1580463053
  • ISBN13: 978-1580463058
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  • Language: English
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: University of Rochester Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 405
  • Rating: 4.1/5
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In Search of New Scales: Prince Edmond de Polignac, Octatonic Explorer (Eastman Studies in Music) ePub download

In 1879, French amateur composer Edmond de Polignac (1834-1901) painstakingly devised a new way to create melodies and harmonies using a scale that alternated half and whole steps

In 1879, French amateur composer Edmond de Polignac (1834-1901) painstakingly devised a new way to create melodies and harmonies using a scale that alternated half and whole steps. This scale - known today as octatonic - was an important element in the music of Liszt and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Sylvia Kahan's new book will become a permanent point of reference for all future studies of post-Romantic and twentieth-century composition. Sylvia Kahan is Professor of Music at the Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Her previous book, Music's Modern Muse, was published by the University of Rochester Press in hardcover and paperback.

Sylvia Kahan, author of Music's Modern Muse: . .

book by Sylvia Kahan. In 1879, French amateur composer Edmond de Polignac (1834-1901) painstakingly devised a new way to create melodies and harmonies using a scale that alternated half and whole steps. This scale - known today as octatonic - was an important element in the music of Liszt and Rimsky-Korsakov, and would later figure prominently in the works of Ravel, Stravinsky, and many others.

Prince Edmond de Polignac, Octatonic Explorer, by Sylvia Kahan (Eastman Studies in Music, v. 63). M. McFarland.

In 1879, French amateur composer Edmond de Polignac (1834-1901) painstakingly devised a new way to create melodies and harmonies using a scale that alternated half .

In 1879, French amateur composer Edmond de Polignac (1834-1901) painstakingly devised a new way to create melodies and harmonies using a scale that alternated half and whole steps. This scale-known today as octatonic-was an important element in the music.

Paul-André Bempéchat, Jean Cras, Polymath of Music and Letters (Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2009). xxviii+569 pp. £5. 0.

Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2009. Music's Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2003, 2006, 2009. Rien de la tonalité usuelle: Edmond de Polignac and the Octatonic Scale in Nineteenth-Century France," 19th-Century Music 29 (2005): 97-120. Kahan, Sylvia and Nathalie Mauriac-Dyer, "Quatre Lettres inédites de Proust au Prince de Polignac," Bulletin.

IN Music's modem muse: a life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac (2003), Professor Kahan contributed a definitive biography of one of the 20th century's great artistic patrons to the Eastman Studies in Music series. Now she has completed the picture within an equally impressive 'prequel' about 'Tante Winnie's' second husband, who gave the 'dollar princess' both her title and her mission in life.

1 Kahan notes that the Prince's father, Prince Jules de Polignac ‘had been condemned by the French courts to mort civile .

1 Kahan notes that the Prince's father, Prince Jules de Polignac ‘had been condemned by the French courts to mort civile, a total privation of his civil rights’ and that, ‘as a consequence, birth certificate and baptismal record identified him a. on of the Marquis de Chalançon, currently away on a trip. (Kahan, p. 9). 2 I discuss Schenker's understanding of the nature of ‘genius’ and ‘non-genius’ in my dissertation. See Benjamin McKay Ayotte, ‘Incomplete Ursatzformen Transferences in the Vocal Music of Heinrich Schenker’ (PhD diss.

In 1879, French amateur composer Edmond de Polignac (1834-1901) painstakingly devised a new way to create melodies and harmonies using a scale that alternated half and whole steps. This scale -- known today as octatonic -- was an important element in the music of Liszt and Rimsky-Korsakov, and would later figure prominently in the works of Ravel, Stravinsky, and many others. Sylvia Kahan, author of Music's Modern Muse: A Life of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse de Polignac, here publishes the Prince's octatonic treatise for the first time -- in both the original French and in English translation -- and comments extensively on what the treatise, and the Prince's little-known compositions, reveal about musical thought in late nineteenth-century Paris. Given his aristocratic lineage, Polignac might seem an unlikely precursor of musical modernism, yet he was known as an advocate of "advanced ideas." Late in life, he married wealthy heiress Winnaretta Singer, who sponsored prestigious public concerts of her husband's bold works, interpreted by the greatest musical artists in Paris. Debussy and Fauré were admirers of Polignac's music, especially the 1879 octatonic oratorio Pilate livre le Christ (Pontius Pilate Hands Christ Over). Marcel Proust lauded his compositions and the "essence of genius of their author." In Search of New Scales is based on bibliographic material in private archives, as well as letters and other documents in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Sylvia Kahan's new book will become a permanent point of reference for all future studies of post-Romantic and twentieth-century composition. Sylvia Kahan is Professor of Music at the Graduate Center and College of Staten Island, City University of New York. Her previous book, Music's Modern Muse, was published by the University of Rochester Press in hardcover and paperback.
Nto
This book is a revelation! Beautifully written, perfectly researched, and lucid. Anyone interested in French music should read this volume.
Helldor
A very well researched book with a great deal of information on the musical life in Paris during the 1800's
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