Experiencing Stravinsky: A Listener's Companion (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/2/28
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Hear the name Igor Stravinsky and the first thing that comes to mind is a composer of ponderous, serious music. But did you know that Stravinsky lived much of his life in Hollywood? That he collaborated on musical projects with Pablo Picasso and George Balanchine? That his work subtly espoused deeply held political views and reflected key literary influences? That he was not only interested in the modern communication technologies of his time sound recording, radio, television, even early computers but wrote music that echoed their impact? In Experiencing Stravinsky, music historian Robin Maconie takes a fresh approach to understanding this great composer s works, explaining what makes Stravinsky s sound unique and what we, as listeners, need to know in order to appreciate the variety and brilliance of his compositions. Experiencing Stravinsky is more than just another work of music appreciation. In the author s deft hands, Stravinsky s long musical career is a guided tour through 20th-century history, from Czarist Russia and two world wars to the height of the Hollywood era and the birth of the information age. Maconie has provided nothing less than an operating manual to getting the most out of Stravinsky s music."
Wonderful! While other authors have noted Stravinsky's fascination with things mechanical, Experiencing Stravinsky takes this interest as one of its thesis points and is the best coverage of the topic I've read.--Mark John McFarland, Georgia State University
[A] very good read... that I enjoyed it a lot, even where I found myself demurring.--Roger W. H. Savage, University of California, Los Angeles
[A] very good read. . . that I enjoyed it a lot, even where I found myself demurring.--Roger Savage, emeritus Fellow at the University of Edinburgh
A subtle, nuanced account of Stravinsky's "mechanical" aesthetic. . . cutting through all the conventional positions in musical politics.--Roger Horrocks, emeritus Head of Film, Television, and Media Studies, University of Auckland, and author of Len Lye: A Biography
To bring the experience of music close to readers without the benefit of direct quotation is a difficult art. To say of Robin Maconie s book on Igor Stravinsky that its words stimulate the reader to go back to the music again and again is to praise it highly. And this is just one of its great strengths .[In this, ] the first in a publisher s series of Listener s Companions, . . . he focuses his abilities on a composer who is essential to the history of music in the first half of the 20th century . Every work in the composer s large oeuvre is discussed, from the acknowledged masterpieces to seeming minor yet revealing pieces. Each chapter is introduced with a thoughtful yet often entertaining essay on broader aspects of the book s subject.--Nelson Wattie, New Zealand Listener"
A magnificent tour de force.--David Pickett, Fugato.com, Chair of Audio Production at the Art Institute, Houston