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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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The Best Books of Open Preview See a Problem? Above all, the composer must submit to rules, no matter how arbitrary, for “the more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self of the chains that shackle the spirit.

Other editions – View all Poetics of music in the form of six if Igor Stravinsky Snippet view – Jul 03, Shawn Hill rated muisc it was amazing.

During the mids, Stravinsky became interested in serialism. Aug 17, Matt rated it really liked it. All music is nothing more than a succession of impulses that converge towards a definite point of repose. Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons. Contents The Phenomenon of Music. 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 particular plan in mind.

Musical people of every sort will welcome this first presentation in English of an unusually interesting book. By far the most interesting part of the book is the section on Russian music, where Stravinsky naturally has a particular personal viewpoint. Seferis, who was Greece’s ambassador to London inhas done much to integrate the unique Greek heritage with avant-garde European poetry.

The contact of this reagent with the musical reality around me, with human environments and the world of ideas, has provoked various reactions whose violence has been equaled only by arbitrariness.


In this series of lectures, Stravinsky goes through ideas about the artistic process, some ideas about classical music and the traditions of Russian music, and also how music is to be performed.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. I am still glad to have read it, and would recommend it as an important read.

He believes “the more art is controlled, limited, worked over, the more it is free. The Royal Swedish Literary Academy awarded Seferis the Nobel Prize “for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture.

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

The sixth nusic I found to be brilliant. The six lessons were more like six irritating diatribes. The Phenomenon of Music. Return to Book Page.

The Russian Revolution of and the Communist dictatorships that followed kept him away from his native land until Jun 04, B. Jul 04, Luiz Fukushiro rated it really liked it Shelves: A unique and unpredictable composer, Stravinsky never founded a specific school of composition. Harvard University Press- Music – pages. Throughout the volume are to he found trenchant comments on such subjects as Wagnerism, the operas of Verdi, musical taste, musical snobbery, the influence of political ideas on Russian music under the Soviets, musical improvisation poeticcs opposed to musical construction, the nature of melody, and the function of the critic of music.

Jun 06, Emma Nolan rated it it was amazing. He was one of the few composers especially of his time that simultaneously having a reverence for music of the past, strainsky firmly committed Excellent albeit short lecture from an always articulate Stravinsky at Harvard.

One of those rare, protean spirits that comes along only once or twice a century. Particularly when he steps muic from criticism and waxes philosophical on the difficulties in striking phenomenological balance, for instance regarding fantasy: The Witness of Poetry Czeslaw Milosz. Well, in art as in everything else, one can build only upon a resisting foundation: So here we are, whether we like it or not, in the realm of necessity. May 16, Sean Tom rated it liked it.


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His body of work and his polemic ideology are difficult to reconcile for me, and I’d like to be helped to understand. Just re-read again, this was a book dug out of the “shool days” chest. Then there are composers like Igor Stravinsky, whose genius of expression lies purely in non-discursive domains. My freedom thus consists in my moving about within the narrow frame that I have assigned myself for each one stravinskt my undertakings.

The Secular Scripture Northrop Frye. He might have gotten a good review because after all, he is Stravinsky. For the next three years, straginsky studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. In addition to the recognition he receive Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor.

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons by Igor Stravinsky

Harvard University Press Amazon. 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. Musical people of every sort will welcome this first presentation in English of an unusually interesting book.

He also analyzes the function of the critic, the requirements of the interpreter, the state of Russian music, and musical taste and snobbery.

His imagesthe voyage, the search, and the ruins that become alive and yet strainsky deathare universal, his treatment of them contemporary. Must read for any musician, amateur or professional, stravlnsky for a brief but rich summary of how music from medieval times up to came to be as it is.