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‘Composing with Tones’: A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op. 23 Pieces for Piano ‐ by Kathryn Bailey

‘Composing with Tones’: A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op. 23 Pieces for Piano ‐ by Kathryn... Kathryn Bailey , ‘Composing with Tones’: A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op. 23 Pieces for Piano ( London : Royal Musical Association , 2001 ). x + 134 pp . £25.00 ISBN 0‐947854‐09‐6 (hb) . The composition of the Fünf Klavierstücke Op. 23, Serenade Op. 24 and Suite für Klavier Op. 25 occupied Schoenberg intermittently between the summer of 1920 and the spring of 1923. As his experiments in incipient dodecaphony, they represent a compendium of the multifarious compositional practices and techniques essayed during this period. The two ‘series’ of piano pieces, as they are denominated in the manuscripts, probably became independent works in the summer of 1921 when Schoenberg began composing the Intermezzo of Op. 25 using the same pitch material as that of the as yet incomplete Prelude. By contrast, the absence of a unifying device in the Fünf Klavierstücke resulted in pieces of sharply differentiated character. Notwithstanding the proliferating literature on the evolution of Schoenberg's method of composing with twelve notes, Kathryn Bailey's monograph is the first study devoted exclusively to the examination of all five pieces of Op. 23 and, as such, the format and size of the book are ideal. As the title http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

‘Composing with Tones’: A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op. 23 Pieces for Piano ‐ by Kathryn Bailey

Music Analysis , Volume 26 (3) – Oct 1, 2007

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© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Kathryn Bailey , ‘Composing with Tones’: A Musical Analysis of Schoenberg's Op. 23 Pieces for Piano ( London : Royal Musical Association , 2001 ). x + 134 pp . £25.00 ISBN 0‐947854‐09‐6 (hb) . The composition of the Fünf Klavierstücke Op. 23, Serenade Op. 24 and Suite für Klavier Op. 25 occupied Schoenberg intermittently between the summer of 1920 and the spring of 1923. As his experiments in incipient dodecaphony, they represent a compendium of the multifarious compositional practices and techniques essayed during this period. The two ‘series’ of piano pieces, as they are denominated in the manuscripts, probably became independent works in the summer of 1921 when Schoenberg began composing the Intermezzo of Op. 25 using the same pitch material as that of the as yet incomplete Prelude. By contrast, the absence of a unifying device in the Fünf Klavierstücke resulted in pieces of sharply differentiated character. Notwithstanding the proliferating literature on the evolution of Schoenberg's method of composing with twelve notes, Kathryn Bailey's monograph is the first study devoted exclusively to the examination of all five pieces of Op. 23 and, as such, the format and size of the book are ideal. As the title

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