Intimate Voices: The Twentieth-Century String Quartet
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326 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

17 b/w. 135 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Intimate Voices: The Twentieth-Century String Quartet

Volume 1: Debussy to Villa-Lobos

by David Clampitt

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Leading authorities explore, in direct and accessible language, chamber-music masterpieces by twenty-one prominent composers since 1900.
Modern composers as diverse as Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten, and John Cage have confided some of their most personal and intense thoughts to the medium of the string quartet. The resulting repertoire has won the allegiance of string players-and of listeners in the concert hall and at home. Yet, until now, no book has addressed the language of these remarkable works, their interactions with the masterpieces of Beethoven and others, and theirnew approaches to musical expression. Intimate Voices, organized in rough chronological order, offers the observations and intuitions of leading authorities on quartets by twenty-one composers from eleven countries. Its two volumes-available separately or together-comprise an indispensable guide to amateur and professional chamber musicians, scholars, students, and anyone seeking a deeper acquaintance with the great achievements of twentieth-century music.

Edited by Evan Jones, Associate Professor of Music Theory, Florida State University College of Music.
The String Quartets of Debussy and Ravel - Marianne Wheeldon
Sibelius's "Internal Voices": Structure and Process in the Quartet in D Minor (Voces Intimae), Op. 56 - Joseph C. Kraus
The Pitch Language of the Bartók Quartets - Joseph N. Straus
The String Quartet in the Music of Paul Hindemith - David Neumeyer
Comprehensibility, Variation, and the String Quartet Tradition: The Second Movement of Arnold Schoenberg's Third Quartet, Op. 30 - Matthew R. Shaftel
Process in the String Quartets of Alban Berg - David Headlam
Webern's Music for String Quartet - David Clampitt
Villa-Lobos's String Quartets - Eero Tarasti
Appropriate Tradition: The String Quartets of Sergei Prokofiev, Opp. 50 and 92 - Neil Minturn
"In November 2010 Intimate Voices won the Society for Music Theory's Citation of Special Merit. This citation is awarded to 'editions, translations, reference works, or edited volumes of extraordinary value to the discipline.' The citation states: '[Intimate Voices] examines the string quartets of composers from Claude Debussy through Shulamit Ran, and including those of Berg, Bartok, Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Ligeti, Cage, Britten, Carter, Berio, and others. The twenty different contributing authors provide multiple analytical voices, resulting in a contrapuntal conversation much like the string quartet medium under review." .
"Superb. . . . A unified and eminently readable narrative. . . . The most thorough, authoritative and comprehensive study of modern chamber music. . . . Standards of production are up to the publisher's usual high standards. . . . Each contributor skilfully, sensitively and intelligently . . . sets the music s/he is considering in the widest historical and musical context. . . . Useful reading for players as well as listeners, composers and others. CLASSICALNET [Mark Sealey] Read the complete review at ." .
"A magnificent sweep through many key works in twentieth-century musical history." Michael Russ, See full review at http://www.music.ucc.ie/jsmi/index.php/jsmi/article/view/84/93, JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR MUSIC IN IRELAND
"Intimate Voices takes us on a kaleidoscopic ride through a century of string quartets. Players, historians, and theorists alike will appreciate the deeply musical commitment of twenty major writers exploring this medium, from Debussy to modern American, with composers such as Bartók and Scelsi in the same optic, through evidence-based music analysis in a social context. It is a Herculean project, superbly executed by editor Evan Jones. -, professor of music theory, Eastman School of Music" Jonathan Dunsby
"A broad collection of serious essays about music in a medium that is very much alive. . . . There is something here for everyone, not just specialists in musical analysis. . . . It is also good that the work of several composers whose quartets are not often heard-Carter's, Scelsi's, Powell's, and Ran's-are brought to our attention. . . . Each [essay] has something interesting to say about the medium and the music and how we can talk about it." FANFARE

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December 2009

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Title Details

326 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

17 b/w. 135 line. Illustrations

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Imprint: University of Rochester Press