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Compositional Artifice in the Music of Henry Purcell - (Musical Performance and Reception) (Hardcover)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 312

Genre: Music

Sub-Genre: History & Criticism

Series Title: Musical Performance and Reception

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Alan Howard

Language: English

Street Date: November 28, 2019
TCIN: 78571720
UPC: 9781107006669
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-2225

Description

Fugal invention has proved a successful line of analytical inquiry in recent studies of repertoires from Josquin to J. S. Bach. Alan Howard brings similar insights to the music of Henry Purcell, and proposes the first analytical approach to his music to examine compositional methods alongside historically contemporary theory, focusing particularly on Purcell's 'artificial' approach to imitative counterpoint. Through this methodology Howard challenges previous responses to Purcell's music that portrayed him as fundamentally conservative. This study offers fresh insights into the musical world in which Purcell lived and worked and situates Purcell's compositional concerns in the broader context of notions of artifice in Restoration culture. Howard thereby offers both a fresh analytical approach - to Purcell's early instrumental works and to his later concerted vocal music - and a critique of the reception history surrounding the fantazias and sonatas in particular.
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