One of the greatest of contemporary composers has here set down in delightfully personal fashion his general ideas about music and some accounts of his own. Igor Stravinsky: Poetics of Music In the Form of Six Lessons. Of all the books that I have read in my life, only a handful of books have affected. Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons has ratings and 33 reviews. Özgür said: Stravinsky eserlerini ne zaman dinlesem, zihnimde ifade edemediği.. .

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All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge towards a definite point of repose. Oct 12, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: This series of lecture transcripts gives the impression of an animated but disorganized speaker extemporaneously speaking on vague topic areas without preparation.

I am still glad to have read it, and would recommend it as an important read. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Brilliant – found his ideas on composition most enlightening. The Performance of Music Epilogue show more. His basic unit of thought seems to be about the size of a sentence, and Stravinsky never gives a sense of developing ideas.

Let me have something finite, definite — matter that can lend itself to my operation only insofar as it is commensurate with my possibilities. The use of serialism in his msic works resulted in highly structured and concise compositions, such as his choral composition Threni A unique and unpredictable composer, Stravinsky never founded a specific school of composition.

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Whatever diminishes constraint, diminishes strength. Feb 14, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: The sixth lecture I found to be brilliant. Stravinsky is not poet, philosopher, or speaker. Originally delivered in his preferred French, I read the English translation.

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons — Igor Stravinsky | Harvard University Press

Mar 02, Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok. You should also give his violin concerto and ballet “Agon” a listen. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When I first got into architecture school they gave us a list of recommended readings for the summer before our first year.

The Royal Swedish Literary Academy awarded Seferis the Nobel Prize “for srravinsky eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture. Jul 04, Luiz Fukushiro rated it really liked it Shelves: The Origin of Others Toni Morrison.

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

As asinine and self-ingratiating as Stravinsky was in this text, his viewpoint is at least historically relevant, especially in the last chapter. For the next three years, he studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov.

This book is a difficult read due to a challenging use of vocabulary and the probability that some of its meaning is lost through translation. Seferis, who was Greece’s ambassador to London inhas done much to integrate the unique Greek heritage with avant-garde European poetry.


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Other reviewers might be swayed by the high sounding language in this book. The six lectures that make up Poetics take the form of an “explanation of music” Originally published on my blog here in May While dealing with his chosen topics–the phenomenon of music, the composition of music, musical typology, the avatars of Russian music, and the performance of music–he reveals his reverence for tradition, order and discipline.

Nevertheless, his work has had a great influence on many modern composers. One of those rare, protean spirits that comes along only once or twice a stracinsky. Excellent albeit short lecture from an always articulate Stravinsky at Harvard.

In particular, I liked how he explored the idea of creativity, the idea of having a purpose when moving forward, even though one does not have a partic In this series of lectures, Stravinsky goes through ideas about the artistic process, poetkcs ideas about classical music and the traditions of Russian music, and also how music is to be performed.

I most appreciated his boiling down concepts such as economy of means, into wonderfully cristallized examples, using the works of composers of various periods.