Der Tonwille: Pamphlets in Witness of the Immutable Laws of by Heinrich Schenker

By Heinrich Schenker

The groundbreaking analytical ideas of Heinrich Schenker have had a robust influence at the English-speaking musical global, and their value, a century after he launched into his significant initiatives, is bigger than ever. A important paintings within the Schenkerian canon, Der Tonwille, brought using voice-leading graphs that continues to be a serious software for lots of tune theorists this present day. This quantity, the 1st of a two-volume English translation of Schenker's entire unique textual content, makes those vital contributions to be had to English readers for the 1st time. within the first 5 "issues" that make up Der Tonwille, Schenker analyzes piano sonatas by way of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, in addition to shorter works together with preludes by means of Bach and diverse classical keyboard items. the amount additionally contains the 1st installments of a large-scale examine of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which, in universal with some of the different essays provided right here, is created from a close research of the ranking, a statement at the sketches and autograph and similar textual difficulties, feedback on functionality, and a critique of the literature at the symphony. most importantly, the essays during this quantity are the 1st that regularly include the idea that of "Urlinie" by means of coordinating an explanatory textual content with a "graph of the Urlinie" for every paintings mentioned. It additionally comprises the main broad expression of Schenker's outspoken philosophical, political, and creative ideals, offering an immense cultural viewpoint from which to view his theoretical paintings. less than the management of William Drabkin, a staff of well-regarded musicologists has produced this expert and lucid translation of Schenker's influential writings, a vital source for English-reading musicologists and track theorists.

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476– 539; see also A Day of Dedication: The Essential Writings of Woodrow Wilson, ed. A. Fried (New York: Macmillan, 1965), pp. 315– 21. 84Ein grosses Geschäft (machen): child’s euphemism for defecation. 85Presumably troops from France’s African colonies; see notes 15 and 40. 15 tonw i l l e 1 the flesh of its flesh, of the cannibal spirit of its spirit86 —and similarly allowed all the impudent incursions by Czechs, Poles, Yugoslavs, etc.? 87 Finally, it will complacently sign away the property of others to the thieving nations in accordance with the new status quo.

Höchsten: Schenker is talking of social levels, and his language recalls the mode of royal imperial address: Ihre Königliche-Kaiserliche Hoheit (“Your Royal Imperial Majesty”), and Kaiser Wilhem ii’s appellation as Der Allerhöchste (“The All Highest”). 95See 96Genesis 18 The Mission of German Genius Let them observe how nature has covered the interior of the human body with an outer layer98; then let them apply this principle to the body of state and see how advantageous it will be to the interior organs of this body, too, if they, like the heart, kidneys, stomach, liver, and bowels, do not lie on the surface, exposed to injury, and giving off evil smells, but are protected by an outer covering.

From this it must also become clear to them why it is that those nations, through lesser capacity for genius, or (which amounts to the same thing) lack of true nobility of spirit and morality, must fall into the lie of {19} the “people,” of middle class, and so into democracy, which sees the middle class as the heart of the state, the middle class’s profit as the content of the state, and financial dealings within the middle class as the sum total of human wisdom; and why it is that they use their magna carta, their doctrine of revolution, their Monroe Doctrine solely for business trickery.

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