brittens unquiet pasts sound and memory in postwar reconstruction

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Britten S Unquiet Pasts

Author : Heather Wiebe
ISBN : 9781139576420
Genre : Music
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Examining the intersections between musical culture and a British project of reconstruction from the 1940s to the early 1960s, this study asks how gestures toward the past negotiated issues of recovery and renewal. In the wake of the Second World War, music became a privileged site for re-enchanting notions of history and community, but musical recourse to the past also raised issues of mourning and loss. How was sound figured as a historical object and as a locus of memory and magic? Wiebe addresses this question using a wide range of sources, from planning documents to journalism, public ceremonial and literature. Its central focus, however, is a set of works by Benjamin Britten that engaged both with the distant musical past and with key episodes of postwar reconstruction, including the Festival of Britain, the Coronation of Elizabeth II and the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral.

The Puccini Problem

Author : Alexandra Wilson
ISBN : 0521106370
Genre : Music
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A detailed investigation of the reception and cultural contexts of Puccini's music, this book offers a fresh view of this historically important but frequently overlooked composer. Wilson's study explores the ways in which Puccini's music and persona were held up as both the antidote to and the embodiment of the decadence widely felt to be afflicting late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italy, a nation which although politically unified remained culturally divided. The book focuses upon two central, related questions that were debated throughout Puccini's career: his status as a national or international composer, and his status as a traditionalist or modernist. In addition, Wilson examines how Puccini's operas became caught up in a wide range of extra-musical controversies concerning such issues as gender and class. This book makes a major contribution to our understanding of both the history of opera and of the wider artistic and intellectual life of turn-of-the-century Italy.

Music Since 1900

Author : Nicolas Slonimsky
ISBN : MINN:319510011295530
Genre : Dance
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Resource Management For Individuals And Families

Author : Elizabeth B. Goldsmith
ISBN : 9780534628567
Genre : Social Science
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Applies the principles of planning, implementing and evaluating needs in household settings in order to facilitate better decision making and problem solving within families.

Stravinsky S Piano

Author : Graham Griffiths
ISBN : 9780521191784
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An unprecedented exploration of Stravinsky's use of the piano as the genesis of all his music - Russian, neoclassical and serial.

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