Allusion As Narrative Premise In Brahms's Instrumental Music

byJacquelyn Sholes

Paperback | May 24, 2018

Allusion As Narrative Premise In Brahms's Instrumental Music by Jacquelyn Sholes
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Who inspired Johannes Brahms in his art of writing music? In this book, Jacquelyn E. C. Sholes provides a fresh look at the ways in which Brahms employed musical references to works of earlier composers in his own instrumental music. By analyzing newly identified allusions alongside previously known musical references in works such as the B-Major Piano Trio, the D-Major Serenade, the First Piano Concerto, and the Fourth Symphony, among others, Sholes demonstrates how a historical reference in one movement of a work seems to resonate meaningfully, musically, and dramatically with material in other movements in ways not previously recognized. She highlights Brahms's ability to weave such references into broad, movement-spanning narratives, arguing that these narratives served as expressive outlets for his complicated, sometimes conflicted, attitudes toward the material to which he alludes. Ultimately, Brahms's music reveals both the inspiration and the burden that established masters such as Domenico Scarlatti, J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, and especially Beethoven represented for him as he struggled to emerge with his own artistic voice and to define and secure his unique position in music history.
Jacquelyn E. C. Sholes serves on the faculty of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University.
Title:Allusion As Narrative Premise In Brahms's Instrumental MusicFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:328 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:328 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:May 24, 2018Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253033152

ISBN - 13:9780253033154

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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