Theory and practice : the great composer as student and teacher /
Alfred Mann.
1st ed. --
New York : Norton, 1987.
viii, 167 p. : music.
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New York : Norton, 1987.
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Includes index.
Includes photoreprint of holograph Beethoven's composition studies written under Haydn's direction.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-05:
Mann (Eastman School of Music) bases this unique and important work on his discovery of the influence of Johann Fux's Gradus ad Parnassum (1725) on theoretical studies engaged in by apprentices and teachers Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. Brief chapters on the rise and decline of conventional theory treat baroque, classical, and 19th-century music, and point toward 20th-century practices. Mann's knowledge and insightful comments, supported by quotations from the composers' letters and publications, are vibrant, and his musical examples make his theses firm and clear. Mann's ideas are further supported by reproductions of documents (Handel's ``Lessons for Princess Anne: Thoroughbass and Fugue''; 54 pages of Beethoven's notebooks ``Studies with Haydn: Counterpoint,'' with Haydn's corrections; Schubert's studies in harmony and fugue with Salieri and Sechter; studies in classical polyphony by Mozart and Haydn), which he clarifies with concise observations and notes. The book's layout is handsome, the typeface and musical examples models of clarity, and the index complete. Essential for academic libraries.-J. Rayburn, Mercy College
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