Der Tonwille: Pamphlets in Witness of the Immutable Laws of by the late Schenker Heinrich,William Drabkin

By the late Schenker Heinrich,William Drabkin

The groundbreaking analytical concepts of Heinrich Schenker have had a robust impression at the English-speaking musical international, and their value, a century after he launched into his significant tasks, is bigger than ever. A imperative paintings within the Schenkerian canon, Der Tonwille, brought using voice-leading graphs that continues to be a serious instrument for lots of track theorists this day. This quantity, the 1st of a two-volume English translation of Schenker's entire unique textual content, makes those vital contributions to be had to English readers for the 1st time.
In the 1st 5 "issues" that make up Der Tonwille, Schenker analyzes piano sonatas through Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, in addition to shorter works together with preludes through Bach and diverse classical keyboard items. the quantity additionally comprises the 1st installments of a large-scale research of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which, in universal with a few of the different essays provided right here, is constituted of a close research of the ranking, a remark at the sketches and autograph and comparable 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 comprises the main broad expression of Schenker's outspoken philosophical, political, and inventive ideals, delivering a big cultural standpoint from which to view his theoretical work.
Under the management of William Drabkin, a workforce of well-regarded musicologists has produced this expert and lucid translation of Schenker's influential writings, a necessary source for English-reading musicologists and song theorists.

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