A chapter on Verdi’s Otello examines the immediate musical context of the couple’s kiss, which provides a profound insight into the underlying dramatic intention of the opera..
And finally, a measure-by-measure analysis of a short piece of Bach illustrates how the complex associations aroused by every phrase can awaken the feeling that everything that happens is important, that every moment is lived to the fullest. PPNo=679 By Martin Boykan The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
A chapter on the scherzo of the Fifth Symphony points to the oddity of an added measure in the recapitulation that may seem too obscure to attract attention, but actually functions as an essential cog in the network of relationships that defines the movement.
Seven songs of Schubert’s Winterreise are studied with particular emphasis on the piano introduction and the critical effect of various kinds of dialogue between piano and voice.
There he befriends a family of mother, father and daughter and is invited to live with them (Good Night).
He falls in love with the daughter and his love is returned, or so he is led to believe (Feeling Numb).
Love likes to wander from one to another, as if God willed it so. A quiet step, a careful shutting of the door so your sleep is not disturbed, and two words written on the gate as I leave, "Good night," to let you know I thought of you.
is a collection of critical essays on some of the most familiar works from the musical canon.
The translation of The twenty-four poems of Die Winterreise were written in 18.
The first twelve poems were published separately in 1823 and the cycle was published in full in 1824. These translations are in free verse and are designed to introduce readers to Schubert’s song cycle.