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Alan Howard, Compositional Artifice in the Music of Henry Purcell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). xxii + 292 pp. £90.00 (hb.). ISBN 9781107006669.

Alan Howard, Compositional Artifice in the Music of Henry Purcell (Cambridge: Cambridge... Recent years have seen the publication of several important monographs exemplifying historically informed analytical approaches to Henry Purcell's music, notably Rebecca Herissone's Musical Creativity in Restoration England (2013) and Alon Schab's The Sonatas of Henry Purcell: Rhetoric and Reversal (2018). Alan Howard's contribution not only continues this lineage but breaks new ground by situating detailed and well‐presented analyses of Purcell's compositional technique within the wider context of late seventeenth‐century English discourse on aesthetics and on the role of rhetoric. Building on previous research – notably by the two authors mentioned above as well as Howard's own doctoral thesis from 2006 – this book expands our understanding of Purcell's compositional priorities and how these relate to the changing aesthetic and socio‐political climate of the late seventeenth century. Howard also offers a glimpse of what can be learned by looking beyond Purcell's immediate geographical surroundings, at least in terms of musical ideas, though this remains underexplored with regard to his analysis of contemporaneous discourse, which would have travelled at least as widely as some of the music.Compositional Artifice is divided into two parts – focusing on early instrumental and later large‐scale vocal music, respectively – with each part further divided into http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Alan Howard, Compositional Artifice in the Music of Henry Purcell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). xxii + 292 pp. £90.00 (hb.). ISBN 9781107006669.

Music Analysis , Volume 41 (2) – Jul 1, 2022

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Music Analysis © 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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Abstract

Recent years have seen the publication of several important monographs exemplifying historically informed analytical approaches to Henry Purcell's music, notably Rebecca Herissone's Musical Creativity in Restoration England (2013) and Alon Schab's The Sonatas of Henry Purcell: Rhetoric and Reversal (2018). Alan Howard's contribution not only continues this lineage but breaks new ground by situating detailed and well‐presented analyses of Purcell's compositional technique within the wider context of late seventeenth‐century English discourse on aesthetics and on the role of rhetoric. Building on previous research – notably by the two authors mentioned above as well as Howard's own doctoral thesis from 2006 – this book expands our understanding of Purcell's compositional priorities and how these relate to the changing aesthetic and socio‐political climate of the late seventeenth century. Howard also offers a glimpse of what can be learned by looking beyond Purcell's immediate geographical surroundings, at least in terms of musical ideas, though this remains underexplored with regard to his analysis of contemporaneous discourse, which would have travelled at least as widely as some of the music.Compositional Artifice is divided into two parts – focusing on early instrumental and later large‐scale vocal music, respectively – with each part further divided into

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2022

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