Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings and White as Jasmine Michael Downes

ISBN: 9780754660224

Published: January 1st 2010

Hardcover

149 pages


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Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings and White as Jasmine  by  Michael Downes

Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings and White as Jasmine by Michael Downes
January 1st 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 149 pages | ISBN: 9780754660224 | 6.34 Mb

Jonathan Harvey (b. 1939) is one of Britains leading composers: his music is frequently performed throughout Europe, the United States (where he has lived and worked) and Japan. He is particularly renowned for his electro-acoustic music, an aspectMoreJonathan Harvey (b. 1939) is one of Britains leading composers: his music is frequently performed throughout Europe, the United States (where he has lived and worked) and Japan. He is particularly renowned for his electro-acoustic music, an aspect on which most previous writing on his work has focused.

The present volume is the first detailed study of music from Harveys considerable body of work for conventional forces. It focuses on two pieces that span one of the most fertile periods in Harveys output: Song Offerings (1985- awarded the prestigious Britten Award), and White as Jasmine (1999). The book explores the links between the two works - both set texts by Hindu writers, employ a solo soprano, and adumbrate a spiritual journey - as well as showing how Harveys musical language has evolved in the period between them.

It examines Harveys techniques of writing for the voice, for small ensemble (Song Offerings), and for large orchestra, subtly and characteristically enhanced with electronic sound (White as Jasmine). It shows how Harveys music is informed by his profound understanding of Eastern religion, as well as offering a clear and accessible account of his distinctive musical language.

Both works use musical processes to dramatic and clearly audible effect, as the book demonstrates with close reference to the accompanying CD recordings. The book draws on interviews with the composer, and benefits from the authors exclusive access to sketches of the two works. It contextualizes the works, showing how they are the product of a diverse series of musical influences and an engagement with ideas from both Eastern and Western religions.

It also explores how Harveyhas continued to develop the musical and spiritual preoccupations revealed in these pieces in his recent work, up to and including his third opera, Wagner Dream (2007).



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