The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet by Robin Stowell

By Robin Stowell

This survey of the string quartet through ten chamber track experts specializes in 4 major components: social and musical historical past to the genre's improvement; celebrated ensembles and their importance; and string quartet taking part in. It studies elements of up to date and old perform, together with "mixed ensembles." Informative appendixes and a whole chronology of the mainstream repertory whole this compact advisor.

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At once, the music would be regarded as intertextual and not a singular original, and the suggestion of tying the recording to any aspect of Coltrane’s popular hit would jar with the spiritual and political conception of the album. Equally, other musical traits are not discussed within writings on A Love Supreme. The title of Part II, “Resolution,” for example, is often discussed in spiritual terms, feeding off the narrative of Coltrane’s resolution to follow the path of God. And yet, at a basic musical level, resolution can also be understood as a literal study in musical resolution.

Like Gabbard’s and Townsend’s earlier discussions of antonyms, Jarrett reiterates the way in which jazz discourse is shaped by binaries and draws on literary theory to challenge the supposedly naturalized dualisms that exist in writings on jazz. Jarrett talks specifically about a handful of tropes that serve to support “jazzology” and romantic understandings of the music. He seeks to dissolve the binary between composition and improvisation, using what he describes as the “obbligato trope” to question what counts as improvisation, composition, and incidental music and to ask, what things take shape in the name of improvisation?

He seeks to dissolve the binary between composition and improvisation, using what he describes as the “obbligato trope” to question what counts as improvisation, composition, and incidental music and to ask, what things take shape in the name of improvisation? His suggestion is that what is described as improvisation, composition, or incidental music is born out of convention and the value systems at play within a given genre. ”26 Jarrett’s work is reminiscent of the work of Jacques Derrida, who suggested that, essentially, binaries work as part of ideology or power structure.

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