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Questions About Music epub

by Roger Sessions


Questions About Music epub

ISBN: 0393005712

ISBN13: 978-0393005714

Author: Roger Sessions

Category: Photo

Subcategory: Music

Language: English

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 17, 1971)

Pages: 180 pages

ePUB book: 1357 kb

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Roger Huntington Sessions (December 28, 1896 – March 16, 1985) was an American composer, teacher, and writer on music. Sessions was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a family that could trace its roots back to the American revolution

Roger Huntington Sessions (December 28, 1896 – March 16, 1985) was an American composer, teacher, and writer on music. Sessions was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a family that could trace its roots back to the American revolution. His mother, Ruth Huntington Sessions, was a direct descendant of Samuel Huntington, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

In this fine small book noted composer Roger Sessions writes about music, lucidly and always interestingly, from the point of view of both the composer and the practicing artist

In this fine small book noted composer Roger Sessions writes about music, lucidly and always interestingly, from the point of view of both the composer and the practicing artist

Questions About Music": Roger Sessions. James Hartman - 1971 - British Journal of Aesthetics 11 (4):412. The Quest for Voice: On Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy: The 1997 Ernest Bloch Lectures.

Questions About Music": Roger Sessions. Myth and Music: A Semiotic Approach to the Aesthetics of Myth in Music, Especially That of Wagner, Sibelius and Stravinsky. Eero Tarasti - 1979 - Mouton. Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons. Igor Stravinsky - 1947 - G. Cumberlege. Lydia Goehr - 1998 - Oxford University Press. Poetry as Text in Twentieth Century Vocal Music From Stravinsky to Reich.

The New York Times Archives. View on timesmachine. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems

One of America's foremost contemporary composers, professor of music at the University of California, Roger Sessions .

One of America's foremost contemporary composers, professor of music at the University of California, Roger Sessions here discusses the musical experience of the composer, the performer, the listener. Sessions finds that the artist-public relationships has been shifted to that of producer and consumer in big business. But his reply to his own question about a threat to the future of music is both a challenge and an expression of hope.

Roger Sessions (author). One of America's foremost contemporary composers, professor of music at the University of California, Roger Sessions here discusses the musical experience of the composer, the performer, the listener. A fascinating little book that will be read with pleasure by people at all levels of musical education. Originally published in 1950.

Just over 150 pages, Roger Sessions' "Questions About Music" is nonetheless packed with all kinds of valuable insights into the musical experience. The book is divided into six chapters & an epilogue; each of the chapters is a lecture that Sessions gave at Harvard from 1968-1969, when he held the Charles Eliot Norton professorship there.

One of America's distinguished composers discusses the fundamental questions of musical hearing, performance, and composition.

"We are asked (to put it politely) for whom we are writing..." From his perspective as a composer, Roger Sessions discusses some basic questions raised by the experience of music: what do we mean by "knowing" a piece of music, or "understanding" it? In what ways is the relationship between composer and listener different today from what it was in the past, and what demands can each make on the other?

Music, like all nonverbal arts and certainly like mathematics and some branches of science, has its own dialectic, which is not that of words at all." Mr. Sessions warns against the pitfalls of metaphorical terms used to describe music, and explores the nature of musical form and communication.

It is the quality and character of the musical gesture that constitutes the essence of the music...." He discusses the performer, why his role is inestimably important, and why the "definitive performance" is a legend we can dispense with.

The conception itself is a musical image, and in bringing it to fuller realization, the composer is not pursuing a line of reasoning, but producing an object." Two chapters on composition offer an illuminating view of how a composer's mind works, how a musical idea takes shape and logically develops, what a musical train of thought is like.

The willing ear does not imply an undiscriminating ear, but the contrary: only a willing ear is a genuinely discriminating one." Mr. Sessions addresses the question of criteria and how the listener makes judgments about a piece of music. Concerning the new and experimental music now being written, he summarizes his own views in Mahler's comment, "The younger generation is always right."