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Musical Portraits

byPaul Rosenfeld

Paperback | August 22, 2012

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Excerpt: ...that reveals him straining to formulate such a one. His composition is never more than a graceful arrangement of surfaces, the cunning and pleasing Pg 161 presentation of matter chosen for its exotic rhythms and shapes, its Oriental and peasant tang, its pungency. The form is ever a thing of two dimensions. The musical ideas are passed through the dye-vats of various timbres and tonalities, made to undergo a series of interesting deformations, are contrasted, superficially, with other ideas after the possibilities of technical variations have been exhausted. There is no actual development in the sense of volumnear increase. In "Scheherazade," for instance, the climaxes are purely voluntary, are nothing other than the arbitrary thickening and distention of certain ideas. And it is only the spiciness of the thematic material, the nimbleness and suavity of the composition, and, chiefly, the piquancy of the orchestral speech, that saves the music of Rimsky-Korsakoff from utter brittleness, and gives it a certain limited beauty. It is just this essential superficiality which makes the place of the music in the history of Russian art so ambiguous. Intentionally, and to a certain extent, Rimsky's work is autochthonous. He was one of those composers who, in the middle of the last century, felt descend upon them the need of speaking their own tongue and gave themselves heartily to the labor of discovering a music entirely Russian. His material, at its best, approximates the idiom of the Russian folk-song, or communicates certain qualities
Title:Musical PortraitsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:August 22, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443211613

ISBN - 13:9781443211611

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