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Mozart's Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works

Mozart's Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works

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Edward Klorman
Cambridge University Press, 4/21/2016
EAN 9781107093652, ISBN10: 1107093651

Hardcover, 358 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

In 1829 Goethe famously described the string quartet as 'a conversation among four intelligent people'. Inspired by this metaphor, Edward Klorman's study draws on a wide variety of documentary and iconographic sources to explore Mozart's chamber works as 'the music of friends'. Illuminating the meanings and historical foundations of comparisons between chamber music and social interplay, Klorman infuses the analysis of sonata form and phrase rhythm with a performer's sensibility. He develops a new analytical method called multiple agency that interprets the various players within an ensemble as participants in stylized social intercourse - characters capable of surprising, seducing, outwitting, and even deceiving one another musically. This book is accompanied by online resources that include original recordings performed by the author and other musicians, as well as video analyses that invite the reader to experience the interplay in time, as if from within the ensemble.

Foreword Patrick McCreless
Preface
Part I. Historical Perspectives
1. The music of friends
2. Chamber music and the metaphor of conversation
3. Private, public, and playing in the present tense
Part II. Analytical Perspectives
4. Analyzing from within the music
toward a theory of multiple agency
5. Multiple agency and sonata form
6. Multiple agency and meter
7. An afternoon at skittles
analysis of the 'Kegelstatt' Trio, K. 498
Epilogue.