Ernst Krenek and the Politics of Musical Style by Peter Tregear

By Peter Tregear

Ernst Krenek has been defined as a “one-man heritage of twentieth-century music.” His great compositional output encompasses a lot of its extremes and expresses a lot of its contradictions. Few have tried, even though, to contextualize Krenek’s compositional output simply because our knowing of classical song within the first half the 20 th century nonetheless mostly continues to be fascinated by the song of some canonical figures. Responding to renewed curiosity from performers in Krenek’s paintings, relatively his operas, Peter Tregear’s Ernst Krenek and the Politics of Musical Style addresses this hole within the scholarly literature and makes a big contribution to our comprehension of the ways that his tune mirrored and knowledgeable broader social and political debates in Austria and Germany on the time.

Focusing on Krenek’s compositional course from the eclectic musical language of Jonny spielt auf to the austere twelve-tone means of Karl V, Tregear presents an historic and demanding context to this so much traditionally major interval of Krenek’s inventive lifestyles. His research additionally enriches our figuring out of lots of Krenek’s contemporaries, resembling Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. This ebook should still curiosity scholars, students and practitioners with an curiosity in sleek opera, and modern classical track in addition to early-20th-century German heritage extra generally.

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