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Charles Eliot Norton Lectures #1973: The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard

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The varied forms of Leonard Bernstein's musical creativity have been recognized and enjoyed by millions. These lectures, Mr. Bernstein's most recent venture in musical explication, will make fascinating reading as well. Virgil Thomson says of the lectures: "Nobody anywhere presents this material so warmly, so sincerely, so skillfully. As musical mind-openers they are first class; as pedagogy they are matchless".

Mr. Bernstein considers music ranging from Hindu ragas through Mozart and Ravel, to Copland, suggesting a worldwide, innate musical grammar. Folk music, pop songs, symphonies, modal, tonal, atonal, well-tempered and ill-tempered works all find a place in these discussions. Each, Mr. Bernstein suggests, has roots in a universal language central to all artistic creation. Using certain linguistic analogies, he explores the ways in which this language developed and can be understood as an aesthetic surface. Drawing on his insights as a master composer and conductor, Mr. Bernstein also explores what music means below the surface: the symbols and metaphors which exist in every musical piece, of whatever sort. And, finally, Mr. Bernstein analyzes twentieth century crises in the music of Schoenberg and Stravinsky, finding even here a transformation of all that has gone before, as part of the poetry of expression, through its roots in the earth of human experience.

These talks, written and delivered when Leonard Bernstein was Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University, are the newest of the author's literary achievements. In addition to a distinguished career as conductor, pianist, and composer, Mr. Bernstein is the recipient of many television Emmys for the scripts of his Young People's Concerts, Omnibus programs, and others, and is the author of The Infinite Variety of Music and The Joy of Music, for which he received the Christopher Award.

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Leonard Bernstein's Norton Lectures on the future course of music drew cheers from his Harvard audiences and television viewers. In the re-creation of his talks, the author considers music ranging from Hindu ragas through Mozart and Ravel to Copland, Shoenberg, and Stravinsky.

Table of Contents

Musical Phonology

Musical Syntax

Musical Semantics

The Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity

The Twentieth Century Crisis

The Poetry of Earth

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andrew millard, February 26, 2012 (view all comments by andrew millard)
Mr Bernstein suggests musical parallels with poetry and other art forms using the linguistic structure of Noam Chomsky. His analysis draws on a world view of music and art that allows the listener to project upon his own artistic production. It gets one thinking along many lines that can be applied widely to our human experiences.
There is an innate warmth and love of his subject that comes shining through in his presentation. This is definitely a rewarding read and one that can stick with you for a long time. I first ran across this 35 years ago and still remember much of it. The original printing included a small 33rpm disc with musical examples recorded from the original lectures.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674920019
Author:
Bernstein, Leonard
Author:
Berstein, Leonard
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Appreciation
Subject:
History, reference and criticism
Subject:
Music appreciation
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Appreciation
Subject:
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
Series Volume:
1992
Publication Date:
January 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
652 musical examples, 23 halftones
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
8 x 9 in 32 oz

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