Style in Musical Art

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XVI
THE FUNCTIONS OF THEMATIC
MATERIAL
II

IT is generally considered to be evidence of a low order of mind to dwell too eagerly on personalities. The inner meaning of the love of personal gossip obviously is that the minds who regale themselves with such mental fare have no scope or range, and are incapable of feeling things in their wider and more interesting relations. Yet there are points of view where the more developed minds recognize their concurrence up to a certain point with such a mental attitude. They must indeed admit that the evidences of personal humanity in a work of art are of the very highest importance; for it is through them that the difference is felt between a work of art and examples of mere ingenuity. Great achievements of engineering or mechanics are admirable in their particular sphere, but they are not expressions of humanity and they are not art. Even the flaws in the art work of a great individuality are more valuable than mountainous piles of correctitude; for they remind men of the humanity which was engaged in the making. Art might from this point of view be summarized as the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • I Forecast 1
  • Iii Simple Types of Instrumental Style 37
  • Iv Style in Music for the Domestic Keyed Instruments 53
  • V Elementary Complications of Style 72
  • Vi Form and Style 88
  • Vii Influence of Audiences on Style 106
  • Viii Influence of Audiences on Style 131
  • Ix National Influences on Style 152
  • X Texture I 173
  • Xi Texture 189
  • Xii Evolution of Thematic Material 209
  • Xiii Evolution of Thematic Material 228
  • Xiv the Sphere of Temperament 249
  • Xv Functions of Thematic Material 265
  • Xvi the Functions of Thematic Material II 289
  • Xvii Theory and Academicism 305
  • Xviii Antitheses 319
  • Xix Realistic Suggestion 335
  • Xx Quality I 373
  • Xxi Quality II 392
  • Appendix 429
  • Index 433
  • INDEX TO ILLUSTRATIONS 439
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