Fundamentals Of Musical Composition by Arnold Schoenberg, Leonard Stein

By Arnold Schoenberg, Leonard Stein

A reissue of a vintage that represents the fruits of over forty years in Schoenberg's lifestyles dedicated to the instructing of musical ideas to scholars and composers in Europe and the US. For his sessions, he built a fashion of presentation within which "every technical subject is mentioned in a truly primary means, in order that even as it truly is either uncomplicated and thorough". This e-book can be utilized for research in addition to for composition. at the one hand, it has the sensible aim of introducing scholars to the method of composing in a scientific means, from the smallest to the most important kinds; nevertheless, the writer analyzes intimately, with a number of illustrations, these specific sections within the works of the masters which relate to the compositional challenge less than dialogue.

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Consequently it had to express sacred and spiritual values, which were best delivered by plainchant and Renaissance polyphony. 20 The chirograph therefore seems to signal a return to pre-Vatican II musical policies. In addition, it reminds readers that the same sentiments were expressed in Sacrosanctum Consilium, the first document issued by the Second Vatican Council. 21 The implication, then, is that liberals had hijacked this document to produce a liturgical-musical scene that was at odds with what had been originally intended.

23 Likewise, just as some people today object to the use of guitars and electronic instruments in church, so TLS banned the use of orchestral instruments in church unless authorised for a specific occasion by the local bishop. 24 The crucial difference lies in the level of informed knowledge. In the nineteenth century Catholics could measure the claims of polemicists against their own musical experience. Today, when anyone cites the evidence of music from the past to support a given policy, by and large no such check exists.

24 TLS, clauses 13 and 20. For examples of local efforts by the diocese of Salford in this direction see the Acta Salfordiensum (Synod XX, allocution No. , 26 April 1887): 164. For the same diocese see also Bishop Louis Cassertelli’s A Letter on Church Music (26 January 1906). The Foederatio Internationali Pueri Cantores, as its title implies, is an international organisation with a strong presence in Italy, France, Holland, Poland, Canada and USA. The British branch is relatively small. Annual international congresses have been held since 1947.

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