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Brahms and the Principle of Developing Variation (California Studies in 19th-Century Music) Hardcover – March 6, 1984

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"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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Walter Frisch is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and is Consulting Editor for 19th-Century Music.

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Product Details

  • Series: California Studies in 19th-Century Music (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (March 6, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520047001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520047006
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,660,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Walter Frisch explores the concepts of developing variation, a term 'created' by Arnold Schoenberg, in the works of Brahms. Frisch examines the essential principles behind Brahms concepts of subtle variation. Through developing variation, Frisch introduces ideas of how Brahms would dervie all of the material for a single work from the initail idea. This formal study is a great read for any musician who wishes to further their understanding of Brahms' music. This study is also very essntial to those who set out to study any music that has been influenced by Brahms, especially that of Schoenberg.
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