The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin: Voices of Stone and Steel [With CD (Audio)] Walter Simmons

ISBN: 9780810857483

Published: December 16th 2010

Hardcover

425 pages


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The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin: Voices of Stone and Steel [With CD (Audio)]  by  Walter Simmons

The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin: Voices of Stone and Steel [With CD (Audio)] by Walter Simmons
December 16th 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 425 pages | ISBN: 9780810857483 | 3.23 Mb

William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin were three of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, yet their music has largely disappeared from view since their respective deaths. Because they each spent the majority ofMoreWilliam Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin were three of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, yet their music has largely disappeared from view since their respective deaths.

Because they each spent the majority of their careers working at the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center, their music is often viewed as interchangeable. In The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin: Voices of Stone and Steel, Walter Simmons provides a thorough examination of the lives and work of these artists, clarifying their considerable individuality both as composers and as human beings.

The book begins with a comprehensive introduction summarizing the conventional view of the history of American music, while noting the marginalization of traditionalist composers those who preferred to work with the musical forms and developmental principles on which the body of Western classical music is based. In the chapters that follow, each composer is presented through a brief overview and a biographical essay, followed by a general description of his style.

Extensively researched and including detailed discussions and insights, the sections include lists of the composers most representative, fully realized works and then provide systematic overviews of most or all of their compositions, giving the reader a general understanding of the artist and his work. The overviews contain a description of each composition, information concerning first performance and first recording, excerpts from reviews as well as Simmons own critical assessment of each, and a statement of its place within the composers output as a whole.

A selected bibliography and essential discography follows at the end of each chapter. With a photo of each composer and a representative sampling of their music on the enclosed CD, readers will find this book a valuable resource.



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