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Royal Musical Association Monographs: Royal Musical Association Monographs


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This series was originally supported by funds made available to the Royal Musical Association from the estate of Thurston Dart. Its purpose is to provide a medium for specialized investigations of a topic, concept or repertory - studies of a kind that would not normally be feasible for commercial publishers and that would be too long for most periodicals.

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Bartók and the Grotesque Studies in Modernity, the Body and Contradiction in Music

Bartók and the Grotesque: Studies in Modernity, the Body and Contradiction in Music

1st Edition

By Julie Brown
November 28, 2007

The grotesque is one of art's most puzzling figures - transgressive, comprising an unresolveable hybrid, generally focussing on the human body, full of hyperbole, and ultimately semantically deeply puzzling. In Bluebeard's Castle (1911), The Wooden Prince (1916/17), The Miraculous Mandarin (1919/...

MS Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magl. XIX, 164–167

MS Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magl. XIX, 164–167

1st Edition

By Anthony M. Cummings
January 31, 2007

Manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Magliabechiana XIX, 164-167 (FlorBN Magl. 164-7) has been the subject of considerable scholarly attention. The prevailing assumption had been that it was a Florentine source of the early sixteenth century. More recently, it has been argued that ...

'To fill, forbear, or adorne' The Organ Accompaniment of Restoration Sacred Music

'To fill, forbear, or adorne': The Organ Accompaniment of Restoration Sacred Music

1st Edition

By Rebecca Herissone
January 28, 2006

This is the first study to provide a systematic and thorough investigation of continuo realization styles appropriate to Restoration sacred music, an area of performance practice that has never previously been properly assessed. Rebecca Herissone undertakes detailed analysis of a group of organ ...

Repetition in Music Theoretical and Metatheoretical Perspectives

Repetition in Music: Theoretical and Metatheoretical Perspectives

1st Edition

By Adam Ockelford
February 28, 2005

This monograph examines the place of repetition in perceived musical structure and in theories of music. Following a preface and introduction, there are four main chapters: 'Theory', 'Analysis', 'Metatheory and Meta-analysis', and 'Cognition and Metacognition'. Chapter 2 (Theory) sets out the ...

Salomon and the Burneys Private Patronage and a Public Career

Salomon and the Burneys: Private Patronage and a Public Career

1st Edition

By Ian Woodfield
November 27, 2003

Johann Peter Salomon, the celebrated violinist and impresario, made his debut in England in March 1781. History has credited Salomon with bringing Haydn to London, yet as Ian Woodfield reveals in this monograph, Salomon's introduction of the composer to the London musical scene owed as much to luck...

Szymanowski, Eroticism and the Voices of Mythology

Szymanowski, Eroticism and the Voices of Mythology

1st Edition

By Stephen Downes
July 17, 2003

The desire to voice the artistic revelation of the truth of a precarious, multi-faceted, yet integrated self lies behind much of Szymanowski's work. This self is projected through the voices of deities who speak languages of love. The unifying figure is Eros, who may be embodied as Dionysus, Christ...

'Composing with Tones' A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op.23 Pieces for Piano

'Composing with Tones': A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op.23 Pieces for Piano

1st Edition

By Kathryn Bailey
November 28, 2001

Schoenberg's Op.23 for solo piano, written between 1920 and 1923, represented a move from his atonal music of the preceding twelve years to 12-note music. In this analysis of the five pieces which make up Op.23, Kathryn Bailey discusses the ways in which Schoenberg clearly explores new ideas in ...

Institutional Patronage in Post-Tridentine Rome Music at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini 1550-1650

Institutional Patronage in Post-Tridentine Rome: Music at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini 1550-1650

1st Edition

By Noel O'Regan
November 28, 1995

The archconfraternity of SS. Trinità was one of the less well-known institutions for musical patronage in sixteenth-century Rome. Yet in focusing on its activities in the period 1550-1650, this book sheds light on networks of urban patronage that were equally important in commissioning the sacred ...

The Impresario's Ten Commandments Continental Recruitment for Italian Opera in London 1763-64

The Impresario's Ten Commandments: Continental Recruitment for Italian Opera in London 1763-64

1st Edition

By Curtis Price, Judith Milhous
November 28, 1992

The extraordinary correspondence between the impresario Felice Giardini and his friend Gabriele Leone lies at the centre of this study of Italian opera in London in the eighteenth century. Hired by Giardini in 1763 to engage Italian performers for a season of opera and ballet at The King's Theatre,...

The Song of the Soul Understanding Poppea

The Song of the Soul: Understanding Poppea

1st Edition

By Iain Fenlon, Peter N. Miller
November 28, 1992

L'incoronazione di Poppea is the most compelling of all early Italian operas and this has, in part, been responsible for the way in which it has become separated from its social and historical context. In this book, Iain Fenlon and Peter Miller show how an understanding of contemporary Venetian ...

The Breath of the Symphonist Shostakovich's Tenth

The Breath of the Symphonist: Shostakovich's Tenth

1st Edition

By David Fanning
November 28, 1989

In 1946 Schoenberg wrote of Sibelius and Shostakovich, 'I feel they have the breath of symphonists.' This book poses the question of what exactly that 'breath' means in the context of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony (1953). Written shortly after Stalin's death, the work marks a turning point in the ...

Music for Treviso Cathedral in the Late Sixteenth Century A Reconstruction of the Lost Manuscripts 29 and 30

Music for Treviso Cathedral in the Late Sixteenth Century: A Reconstruction of the Lost Manuscripts 29 and 30

1st Edition

By Bonnie J. Blackburn
December 28, 1987

One of the most extensive repertories of Renaissance sacred music to have come down to us was written for the Cathedral of Treviso. An Allied raid over the city on 7 April 1944 resulted in the destruction of 25 manuscripts of polyphonic music written prior to 1630. In this book, Bonnie Blackburn ...

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