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The Finale in Western Instrumental Music By Michael Talbot (Professor of Music, University of Liverpool)

The Finale in Western Instrumental Music
by Michael Talbot (Professor of Music, University of Liverpool)

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The knowledge that finales are by tradition (and perhaps also necessarily) "different" from other movements has been around a long time, but this work examines, comprehensively and in detail, the special nature of finales in instrumental music.
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The Finale in Western Instrumental Music by Michael Talbot (Professor of Music, University of Liverpool)

The knowledge that finales are by tradition (and perhaps also necessarily) 'different' from other movements has been around a long time, but this is the first time that the special nature of finales in instrumental music has been examined comprehensively and in detail. Three main types of finale, labelled 'relaxant', 'summative', and 'valedictory', are identified. Each type is studied closely, with a wealth of illustration and analytical commentary covering the entire period from the Renaissance to the present day. The history of finales in five important genres - suite, sonata, string quartet, symphony, and concerto - is traced, and the parallels and divergences between these traditions are identified. Several wider issues are mentioned, including narrativity, musical rounding, inter-movement relationships, and the nature of codas. The book ends with a look at the finales of all Shostakovich's string quartets, in which examples of most of the types may be found.

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The Finale in Western Instrumental Music Reviews


Well-researched ... Well written and well produced, this book deserves a place on the shelves of musicologists, who ought to ponder Talbot's judicious balance between historical and analytical enquiry. * British Journal of Aesthetics *
One of the strengths of Talbot's attitude towards his very diverse material is his straightforwardness concerning the reasons for subtle, gradual changes in the nature of the finale. * British Journal of Aesthetics *

Table of Contents


BIBLIOGRAPHY ; LIST OF MUSICAL EXAMPLES ; INDEX TO MUSICAL WORKS ; GENERAL INDEX

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The Finale in Western Instrumental Music by Michael Talbot (Professor of Music, University of Liverpool)
Michael Talbot (Professor of Music, University of Liverpool)
Oxford Monographs on Music
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2001-08-01
264
0198166958
9780198166955
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