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Can We Talk of a Passacaglia Principle?/Si può parlare di un principio-passacaglia?

The editor's "In search of a passacaglia Principle" about how such an unusual issue came to be and the "Notes on contributors" are in English and Italian. After inviting abstracts about a possible construction principle behind passacaglia-inspired compositions from different periods, the scientific committee of the GATM (Gruppo Analisi e Teoria Musicale) selected the eight studies presented here. [...]

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

The shocking impact on its first hearers of Schubert's Winterreise is well documented; his friends were 'dumb­founded' by the overwhel­ming power of the grief expressed in the 24 settings of Wilhelm Muller's poems. It is hugely popular today, but you have to prepare yourself for a performance [...]

The Musical Life of Joseph Martin Kraus…

As someone who has long enjoyed listening to Kraus's music, it has come as something of a disappointment that he seems to have been a rather unlikeable person. Most of the letters that comprise the first part of this volume are full of requests for money from his parents, and complaints about his lot in life; [...]
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