"Only rarely does a book come along which has much to offer both to the academic specialist in music and to the musically literate readership at large. . . . Walter Frisch's book is a work of the sort just described. . . . It should stimulate and enrich thinking about Brahms, Schoenberg, and the motivic dimension of tonal music." -- William Rothstein, Journal of Music Theory
"The topic of this book needed to be aired. . . . With scholastic and historical flair, the author provides documentation and a dash of conceptual support for an intriguing inquiry." -- Jonathan Dunsby, Music and Letters
"This helpful, erudite and fluent book is indeed on an important topic. . . . Frisch finds room in his analysis for imaginative biographical and documentary insights." -- Robert Pascall, Times Literary Supplement
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About the Author
Walter Frisch is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and is Consulting Editor for 19th-Century Music.