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L ivre or S ymphony ? L utosławski ' s L ivre pour orchestre and the E nigma of M usical N arrativity

L ivre or S ymphony ? L utosławski ' s L ivre pour orchestre and the E nigma of M usical N... ABSTRACT Despite a lasting ambivalence regarding the title of his 1968 orchestral work, Livre pour orchestre, Lutosławski ultimately consented to publication of the work under the name with which it was premiered. Analysts approaching the piece might therefore begin by asking if this work is indeed a livre of independent parts or a more sustained musical utterance encoding some kind of longer‐range musical narrative. Drawing on Lutosławski's poetics of musical plot, Roland Barthes's theories of narrative, music‐analytical adaptations of Barthes's theories, ongoing debates surrounding the issue of musical narrativity and the composer's artistic and social context, this article constructs a close reading of a piece in which a classicist conception of symphonic plot vies with an alternative structural paradigm reinvigorated by modernism, manipulating and ultimately reversing expectations while sculpting a powerful experience of musical change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

L ivre or S ymphony ? L utosławski ' s L ivre pour orchestre and the E nigma of M usical N arrativity

Music Analysis , Volume 27 (2‐3) – Jul 1, 2008

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Wiley
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© 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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0262-5245
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1468-2249
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10.1111/j.1468-2249.2009.00276.x
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Abstract

ABSTRACT Despite a lasting ambivalence regarding the title of his 1968 orchestral work, Livre pour orchestre, Lutosławski ultimately consented to publication of the work under the name with which it was premiered. Analysts approaching the piece might therefore begin by asking if this work is indeed a livre of independent parts or a more sustained musical utterance encoding some kind of longer‐range musical narrative. Drawing on Lutosławski's poetics of musical plot, Roland Barthes's theories of narrative, music‐analytical adaptations of Barthes's theories, ongoing debates surrounding the issue of musical narrativity and the composer's artistic and social context, this article constructs a close reading of a piece in which a classicist conception of symphonic plot vies with an alternative structural paradigm reinvigorated by modernism, manipulating and ultimately reversing expectations while sculpting a powerful experience of musical change.

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Jul 1, 2008

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