Essays in Honor of Laszlo Somfai on His 70th Birthday: Studies in the Sources and the Interpretation of Music

Essays in Honor of Laszlo Somfai on His 70th Birthday: Studies in the Sources and the Interpretation of Music

By: Laszlo Vikarius (editor), Vera Lampert (editor), Bathia Churgin (contributor), Dobszay Dobszay (contributor), Reinhold Brinkmann (contributor), Malcolm Bilson (contributor), Dalos Dalos (contributor), Gerhard Croll (contributor), Eva Badura-Skoda (contributor), Hermann Danuser (contributor)Hardback

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This volume of essays celebrates Hungarian musicologist Laszlo Somfai (b. 1934), head of the Budapest Bartok Archives for more than three decades, past president of the International Musicological Society, and a leading authority on the music of Joseph Haydn and Bela Bartok. His complex approach to source material involves evaluating biographical data while examining compositional sketches, notation, and performance practice, leading him to an "authentic" understanding of music that reaches beyond the discussion of musical sources. This honorary volume is devoted to the topics and approaches he has pioneered, without limiting the discussion to any particular period or style of music history. With a natural emphasis on the Viennese classics and Bartok, the 34 essays in this volume cover a range of music study, from the Middle Ages through the second half of the 20th century. Contributions from younger scholars and leading musicologists alike have been collected, including Somfai's former students, friends, and colleagues from all over the globe. Complete with an up-to-date bibliography of Somfai's publications, this book presents new and in-depth analyses of source studies and performance practices of many great composers and musical styles.

About Author

Laszlo Vikarius is head of the Budapest Bartok Archives and lecturer in the history of Western music at the Liszt University of Music. He has published articles on Bartok and medieval music theory and a full-length study on influences in Bartok's music. Vera Lampert, a former research fellow at the Budapest Bartok Archives, is the Music Catalog Librarian at Brandeis University Libraries. She is author of The New Grove Modern Masters: Bartok, Stravinsky, Hindemith.


Part 1 Preface by the Editors Part 2 Laszlo Somfai: An Appraisal Part 3 A Reverse Interview Part 4 Part I: Theoretical Issues: Performance Practice, Editing, and Interpreting Music Chapter 5 1. The Unbearable Lightness of Ethnomusicological Complete Editions: The Style of the ba'al tefillah (Prayer Leader) in the East European Jewish Service Chapter 6 2. Ordinary Melodies in the Context of the "Old Romant Chant" Question Chapter 7 3. In the Workshop of the musicus Chapter 8 4. Performing Medieval Music in the Late-1960s: Michael Morrow and Thomas Binkley Chapter 9 5. 19th-Century Paths to Palestrina's Music: Italian, German, and French Editions of the Missa Papae Marcelli Chapter 10 6. Watermarks are Singles, Too: A Miscellany of Research Notes Chapter 11 7. Toward a Performance History of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin: Preliminary Investigations Chapter 12 8. "Returning to the Skin": On Theodor W. Adorno's Theory of Musical Interpretation Part 13 Part II: Classical Style: From Gluck through Beethoven Chapter 14 9. Siciliana-Tempi and Haydn's Sicilianos Chapter 15 10. Haydn's Op. 9: A Critique of the Ideology of the "Classical" String Quartet Chapter 16 11. The Voice of God in Haydn's Creation Chapter 17 12. Gluck's Serenata Tetide (1760) and Mozart: A Supplement to the Preface to the First Edition in the Gluck-Gesamtausgabe Chapter 18 13. Did Mozart "Pedal," and If So, How Much and Where? Chapter 19 14. Mozart's Chamber Music with Keyboard: A Musical Panorama of Europe, 1762-1788 Chapter 20 15. Mozart's Mannheim Sonatas for Violin and Piano Chapter 21 16. Mozart's Modular Minuet Machine Chapter 22 17. Praise of Wine from Ofen, Ugliness, and Fiendship: Three Occasional Compositions by Franz Xavier Sussmayr Chapter 23 18. Recycling Old Ideas in Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 132 Part 24 Part III: Nineteenth Century: Questions of a National Style Chapter 25 19. A Suggestive Detail in Weber's Freischutz Chapter 26 20. Franz Liszt's First Hungarian Symphonic Attempt: The National-ungarische Symphonie Chapter 27 21. Umerenno or Andantino molto: On Musorgsky's Tempo Markings Part 28 Part IV: Twentieth Century: Schoenberg, Bartok, Kodaly, and Beyond Chapter 29 22. Anxiety, Abstraction, and Schoenberg's Gestures of Fear Chapter 30 23. Wagnerian Details in Webern's Op. 5, No. 2 Chapter 31 24. Zoltan Kodaly's Art of Fugue: About the Neo-Classicism of the Concerto for Orchestra Chapter 32 25. Bartok Analysis in America Chapter 33 26. Bartok and His Song Texts Chapter 34 27. The Making of a Cycle of Folksong Arrangements: The Sources of Bartok's Eight Hungarian Folksongs Chapter 35 28. A Stray Leaf from Bartok's Black Pocket-Book Chapter 36 29. Background of Bartok's "Bitonal" Bagatelle Chapter 37 30. Analytical Notes to Bartok's Improvisations, Op. 20 and the Ordering of the Series Chapter 38 31. Narrative Analysis in the Comparative Approach to Performances: The Adagio of Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta Chapter 39 32. Some Impressions on the Performance Tradition of the Bartok Violin Concerto Chapter 40 33. "Hommage a Sacher via Bartok": Bartok Quotations in Henri Dutilleux's Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher and Heinz Holliger's Atembogen Chapter 41 34. Luciano Berio's Sonata per pianoforte solo or The Disclosures of a Sketch Page Part 42 A Somfai Bibliography Part 43 Index of Proper Names Part 44 About the Contributors

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
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