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Back Again To Bach »

Chapter: In Search of Utopia

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Back Again To Bach These desultory remarks on a few salient features of the Suite for Piano, op. 25, could easily be amplified into a complete analysis...

Back to Bach: The Cantatas »

Chapter: Class of 1685 (II)

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Back to Bach: The Cantatas Turning back now to Bach, and to his very different world, we are ready to assess the music he and his coreligionists unanim...

Back to France »

Chapter: Aristocratic Maximalism

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Back to France And so it became, thanks to Diaghilev. Beginning in 1906, at first with heavy financial backing from the Russian crown, Diaghilev embark...

Back to Nature? »

Chapter: Millennium's End

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Back to Nature? Our ease with fragmentary listening may be an artifact of (or an adaptation to) modern living. But it might also be “natural,” as at le...

Backlash »

Chapter: Business Math, Politics, and Paradise: The Ars Nova

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Backlash Just as the technology-minded theorists of the “Ars Nova” represented the first self-conscious avant garde faction in European literate music,...

Ballata Culture »

Chapter: “A Pleasant Place”: Music of the Trecento

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Ballata Culture Besides motets and madrigals, Jacopo mentions a third musico-poetic genre in the Oselleto salvagio text—the ballata, which gradually st...

Ballet D’action »

Chapter: Aristocratic Maximalism

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Ballet D’action The choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810) claimed to be the sole inventor of this type of highly elaborated dance spectacle. A...

Ballet Finds Its Theorist »

Chapter: Aristocratic Maximalism

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Ballet Finds Its Theorist Intellectual prestige was finally added to the social and artistic prestige the Russian ballet enjoyed during its opulent pha...

Beethoven and “Beethoven” »

Chapter: The First Romantics

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Beethoven and “Beethoven” The enthusiastic quote comes from Hoffmann’s essay, “Beethoven’s Instrumental Music,” published in 1814 but based on articles...

The Beginnings of “Functional” Harmony? »

Chapter: Island and Mainland

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Beginnings of “Functional” Harmony? As a marvelous summation of everything we have learned to identify as English, consider the motet Thomas gemma ...

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