Language of the Spirit: An Introduction to Classical Music

Language of the Spirit: An Introduction to Classical Music

by Jan Swafford

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Overview

A preeminent composer, music scholar, and biographer presents an engaging and accessible introduction to classical music

For many of us, classical music is something serious -- something we study in school, something played by cultivated musicians at fancy gatherings. In Language of the Spirit, renowned music scholar Jan Swafford argues that we have it all wrong: classical music has something for everyone and is accessible to all. Ranging from Gregorian chant to Handel's Messiah, from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons to the postmodern work of Philip Glass, Swafford is an affable and expert guide to the genre. He traces the history of Western music, introduces readers to the most important composers and compositions, and explains the underlying structure and logic of their music.

Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who has ever wished to know more about this sublime art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465097548
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 662,272
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jan Swafford is a preeminent composer and music scholar and the author of bestselling The Vintage Guide to Classical Music. A regular contributor to Slate, the Guardian, and the Boston Globe and a former professor of composition at the Boston Conservatory, Swafford lives in Medford, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I Music from the Beginning

Chapter 1 Through the Middle Ages (up to 1400) 3

Chapter 2 The Renaissance (ca. 1400-1600) 13

Part II Baroque

Chapter 3 The Baroque Period (ca. 1600-1750) 19

Chapter 4 Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) 27

Chapter 5 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 31

Chapter 6 George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) 44

Chapter 7 Further Baroque Listening 52

Part III Classical

Chapter 8 The Classical Period (ca. 1750-1830) 57

Chapter 9 Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 66

Chapter 10 Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756-1791) 77

Chapter 11 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) 91

Part IV Romantic

Chapter 12 The Romantic Period (ca. 1830-1900) 107

Chapter 13 Franz Schubert (1797-1828) 114

Chapter 14 Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) 126

Chapter 15 Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 133

Chapter 16 Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) 140

Chapter 17 Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 145

Chapter 18 Franz Liszt (1811-1886) 155

Chapter 19 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) 159

Chapter 20 Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 170

Chapter 21 Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) 175

Chapter 22 Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) 179

Chapter 23 Further Romantic Listening 186

Part V Modernism and Beyond

Chapter 24 The 20th and 21st Centuries (ca. 1900-present) 193

Chapter 25 Claude Debussy (1862-1918) 211

Chapter 26 Richard Strauss (1864-1949) 218

Chapter 27 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) 223

Chapter 28 Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 229

Chapter 29 Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) 240

Chapter 30 Charles Ives (1874-1954) 250

Chapter 31 Bela Bartok (1881-1945) 258

Chapter 32 Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975) 266

Chapter 33 Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) 273

Chapter 34 Aaron Copland (1900-1990) 277

Chapter 35 György Ligeti (1923-2006) 281

Chapter 36 Further Modernist Listening 286

Conclusions 298

Suggested Further Reading 304

Index 306

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