The Variations of Johannes Brahms
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373 Pages

24.4 x 17.2 cm

11 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Poetics of Music

Imprint: Plumbago Books

The Variations of Johannes Brahms

by Julian Littlewood

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Lamenting the `regrettable tendency [of musical analysis] towards intellectual gymnastics that overlook aesthetic reality', Julian Littlewood makes good again and again his promise to consider the `broader...
Lamenting the `regrettable tendency [of musical analysis] towards intellectual gymnastics that overlook aesthetic reality', Julian Littlewood makes good again and again his promise to consider the `broader contexts of affect, kinetic control, stylistic reference, and closural strategies'. He is particularly attentive to performance makings and matters of texture. It is a tribute to his originality of approach that he has been able to add distinctively to the already considerable literature on this subject.

Nicholas Marston, King's College Cambridge
"Littlewood's is a major and indispensable contribution. This is the kind of book that has stimulus and value beyond the confines of its immediate subject. It will provide an essential point of reference for students of the timeless musical art and principle of variation in general. Musicologica Austriaca" .
"In this outstanding and very readable survey of Brahms's variations Julian Littlewood thoroughly explores every conceivable aspect of the composer's use of the form. This superbly produced volume is wholeheartedly recommended. Classical Music" .
"Littlewood's book is an impressive achievement. His elegant hermeneutic analysis will indeed be very stimulating to composers, performers, and scholars. Music & Letters" .

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9780954012335

October 2004

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Title Details

373 Pages

2.44 x 1.72 cm

11 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Poetics of Music

Imprint: Plumbago Books