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Music and Sentiment by Charles Rosen

Title Music and Sentiment
Author Charles Rosen
Publisher Yale University Press
Release 2010-06-29
Category Music
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0300168373
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

How does a work of music stir the senses, creating feelings of joy, sadness, elation, or nostalgia? Though sentiment and emotion play a vital role in the composition, performance, and appreciation of music, rarely have these elements been fully observed. In this succinct and penetrating book, Charles Rosen draws upon more than a half century as a performer and critic to reveal how composers from Bach to Berg have used sound to represent and communicate emotion in mystifyingly beautiful ways.Through a range of musical examples, Rosen details the array of stylistic devices and techniques used to represent or convey sentiment. This is not, however, a listener’s guide to any “correct” response to a particular piece. Instead, Rosen provides the tools and terms with which to appreciate this central aspect of musical aesthetics, and indeed explores the phenomenon of contradictory sentiments embodied in a single motif or melody. Taking examples from Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt, he traces the use of radically changing intensities in the Romantic works of the nineteenth century and devotes an entire chapter to the key of C minor. He identifies a “unity of sentiment” in Baroque music and goes on to contrast it with the “obsessive sentiments” of later composers including Puccini, Strauss, and Stravinsky. A profound and moving work, Music and Sentiment is an invitation to a greater appreciation of the crafts of composition and performance.

The Persistence of Sentiment by Mitchell Morris

Title The Persistence of Sentiment
Author Mitchell Morris
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release 2013-04-29
Category Music
Total Pages 264
ISBN 0520955056
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

How can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music? Why do certain performers have such emotional power, even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate? In The Persistence of Sentiment, Mitchell Morris gives a critical account of a group of American popular music performers who have dedicated fan bases and considerable commercial success despite the critical disdain they have endured. Morris examines the specific musical features of some exemplary pop songs and draws attention to the social contexts that contributed to their popularity as well as their dismissal. These artists were all members of more or less disadvantaged social categories: members of racial or sexual minorities, victims of class and gender prejudices, advocates of populations excluded from the mainstream. The complicated commercial world of pop music in the 1970s allowed the greater promulgation of musical styles and idioms that spoke to and for exactly those stigmatized audiences. In more recent years, beginning with the "Seventies Revival" of the early 1990s, additional perspectives and layers of interpretation have allowed not only a deeper understanding of these songs' function than when they were first popular, but also an appreciation of how their significance has shifted for American listeners in the succeeding three decades.

Sound Sentiment by Peter Kivy

Title Sound Sentiment
Author Peter Kivy
Publisher Temple University Press
Release 1989
Category Music
Total Pages 286
ISBN 9780877226772
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Kivy continues his discussion from The Corded Shell of how music possesses expressive properties

Title Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan
Author David W. Hughes
Publisher Global Oriental
Release 2008-01-31
Category Music
Total Pages 440
ISBN 9004217878
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The Japanese say that ‘folk song is the heart’s home town’. Traditional folk songs (min’yo) from the countryside are strongly linked to their places of origin and continue to play a role there. Today, however, they are also taught as a quasi-art music, arranged for stage and television, quoted in Westernized popular songs and so forth.

The Mechanics of Sentiment by Adelheid Clara Voskuhl

Title The Mechanics of Sentiment
Author Adelheid Clara Voskuhl
Publisher
Release 2007
Category Mechanical musical instruments
Total Pages 506
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sociology of Oriental Music by Om Prakash Joshi

Title Sociology of Oriental Music
Author Om Prakash Joshi
Publisher Arun Joshi
Release 1992
Category Music
Total Pages 318
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Aspects of Indian Music by Naveen Joshi

Title Aspects of Indian Music
Author Naveen Joshi
Publisher
Release 2006
Category Music
Total Pages 99
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Compilation of special articles and papers read at the music symposia arranged by All India Radio from 1955 to 1963.

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