Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

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POETICS OF MUSIC is like a searchlight turned by Stravinsky on his own work on one hand, and on music in general on the other. Every new work by this great composer is laden with far-reaching significance. Each one possesses its own structure, its own tonal equilibrium, even its own moral climate. And the painstaking honesty--the craftsmanly exactitude--of each work raises it to the heights of abstract thought and at the same time to that austerity, economy of means, and essential authenticity which characterize the true laying bare of a soul.

Igor Stravinsky's book invites us to follow him into the secret world that is the counterpart to the world of sound he has given us. His very mastery of musical expression finds here an explanation . . .

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