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- DescriptionMasterworks of the Orchestral Repertoire was first published in 1968. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital techlogy to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.The fullest enjoyment of an orchestral performance or a record concert comes with a background of kwledge about the music itself. This handbook is designed to help music lovers get the ultimate pleasure from their listening by providing them with that background about a large portion of the orchestral repertoire.Professor Ferguson analyzes and interprets the most important classical symphonies, overtures, and concertos, as well as selected orchestral works of modern composers. He goes beyond a conventional analysis of structure since he believes (with a majority of the music-loving public) that great music is actually a communication -- that it expresses significant emotions. The great composers, on their own testimony, have striven t merely to create perfect forms but to interpret human experience. Mingled with the analyses, then, the reader will find comments on the expressive purport of the music. For twenty-five years Professor Ferguson has supplied the program tes for the subscription concerts of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, and this volume is an outgrowth of that activity. In preparing the material for book publication, however, he studied the musical compositions anew, and the resulting chapters provide a much deeper exploration of the musical subjects than did the program tes. The themes of important works are illustrated by musical tations, and a brief glossary explains technical terms.
- Author BiographyMr. Ferguson was for many years a professor of music at the University of Minnesota before he was chairman of the department of music at Macalester College. He was the author of several other books, including History of Musical Thought and A Short History of Music.
- Author(s)Donald N Ferguson
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication04/03/1968
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight903 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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