By Heinrich Schenker
The groundbreaking analytical thoughts of Heinrich Schenker have had a strong effect at the English-speaking musical global, and their value, a century after he launched into his significant initiatives, is larger than ever. A principal paintings within the Schenkerian canon, Der Tonwille, brought using voice-leading graphs that is still a severe software for plenty of tune theorists this present day. This quantity, the 1st of a two-volume English translation of Schenker's entire unique textual content, makes those very important contributions on hand to English readers for the 1st time. within the first 5 "issues" that make up Der Tonwille, Schenker analyzes piano sonatas by way of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, in addition to shorter works together with preludes by way of Bach and diverse classical keyboard items. the amount additionally contains the 1st installments of a large-scale learn of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which, in universal with the various different essays provided right here, is made from a close research of the ranking, a statement at the sketches and autograph and similar textual difficulties, comments on functionality, and a critique of the literature at the symphony. most importantly, the essays during this quantity are the 1st that continuously include the idea that of "Urlinie" through coordinating an explanatory textual content with a "graph of the Urlinie" for every paintings mentioned. It additionally includes the main huge expression of Schenker's outspoken philosophical, political, and inventive ideals, offering an immense cultural point of view from which to view his theoretical paintings. less than the management of William Drabkin, a crew of well-regarded musicologists has produced this expert and lucid translation of Schenker's influential writings, a necessary source for English-reading musicologists and tune theorists.
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He accomplished this on June 1, 1919, but the French government quickly put a stop to the new republic. 93Woodrow 89Schenker is punning on deklassieren (“to disadvantage, downgrade”) and Klasse (“class,” as a division of society). 90Schenker places Gehirnzellen (“brain cells”) and Faustzellen (“ﬁst cells”) in rhetorical opposition here. 91That is, the overthrow of the government and monarchy in November 1919, and the declaration of a republic. e. the Anglo-Saxons, the French, the Italians, the Slavs, etc.
This is every bit as perverse as making the state, which the working class itself reduced to penury through its betrayal, now an object of (in any case vain) experiments that presuppose a robust economy. Fueled by righteous indignation, the workers would next have to bring their own leaders to account, and depose those who for personal gain (money, position, or perquisites) nurtured in them such selfbetrayal, and drove them to commit such folly;91 a folly by which they ﬁnally brought shame, servitude, and poverty down on themselves and on all those other Germans who, even in their hour of greatest need, had no truck with the workers, let alone with the class-warrior himself, Marx; a folly that has succeeded only in furthering imperialism—at any rate that of our enemies.
Oh, the ﬁst! In front of his own child, the fruit of his loins, one ought to have asked him, the worker, whether he could ﬁnd it in his heart, whether it made sense to him to teach as father to child, that hand and ﬁst were as important as head. Let him say under oath whether he goes along with this! 23. 87That is, the plebiscite to be oﬀered under the Versailles Treaty to all the inhabitants of the Saarland after ﬁfteen years. See notes 65 and 68. 88Faust: traditionally, a word that connotes brute force, compulsion, and independence.
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