Anno 2014/1-2

Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale
Anno XX nn. 1-2, 2014

Can We Talk of a Passacaglia Principle?

Si puo? parlare di un principio-passacaglia?

edited by / a cura di Susanna Pasticci


Susanna Pasticci, In search of a Passacaglia Principle / Alla ricerca di un “principio-passacaglia”, pp. 7-25

Stefano La Via, Il passacaglio tetracordale come tòpos poetico-musicale transculturale. Usi antichi e moderni a confronto (secc. XVI-XVII e XX-XXI), pp. 27-95

Vincent P. Benitez, Buxtehude’s Passacaglia Principle, pp. 97-118

Stephan Schönlau, Emulating Lully? Generic Features and Personal Traits in the Passacaglia from Henry Purcell’s King Arthur (1691), pp. 119-146

Antonio Rostagno, La passacaglia nel teatro musicale del Novecento come espressione della logica drammatica, pp. 147-181

Donatella Meneghini, Memoria e soggettività tra lamento e passacaglia nella produzione di György Ligeti, pp. 183-215

Jory Debenham, Principles of Passacaglia: Terezín, Summer 1944, pp. 217-232

Mauro Mastropasqua, Il pensiero della variazione nelle Variations on a Recitative for Organ op. 40 di Arnold Schönberg, pp. 233-258

Allan F. Moore, An Outlandish As-If: The Rock and Pop Passacaglia, pp. 259-290

Notizie sugli autori / Notes on contributors, pp. 291-294

Susanna Pasticci - pag. 7-15 / 17-25

In search of a Passacaglia Principle / Alla ricerca di un “principio-passacaglia”

The idea for this volume was formulated by Allan Moore, who first asked the following fatal question: can we talk of a passacaglia principle?

Questo volume nasce da un’idea di Allan Moore, che per primo ha formulato la fatidica domanda: Can we talk of a passacaglia principle?

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Stefano La Via - pag. 27-95

Il passacaglio tetracordale come tòpos poetico-musicale transculturale. Usi antichi e moderni a confronto (secc. xvi-xvii e xx-xxi)

The constant recurrence of the descending tetrachord in the most varied repertoires of vocal music, either “classical” or “popular”, has so far been pointed out but only partially investigated by the scholars of the respective traditions.

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Vincent P. Benitez - pag. 97-118

Buxtehude’s Passacaglia Principle

According to Alexander Silbiger, passacaglias and ciacconas can be regarded as genre-pairs, since they exhibit both shared features and subtle differences. This association has merit with respect to understanding Dieterich Buxtehude’s Passacaglia in D minor and Ciacconas in C minor and E minor for organ.

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Stephan Schönlau - pag. 119-146

Emulating Lully? Generic features and personal traits in the Passacaglia from Henry Purcell’s King Arthur (1691)

The Passacaglia from Henry Purcell’s King Arthur (1691) features some remarkable similarities with a number of works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, most notably with the Passacaille from Armide (1686) where there are clear parallels in the dramatic con- text as well as the sung text.

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Antonio Rostagno - pag. 147-181

La passacaglia nel teatro musicale del Novecento come espressione della logica drammatica

In twentieth-century musical theatre many forms seem to refer to passacaglia principles; on the contrary, similar forms were considered inadequate in nineteenth- century theatre (either in Verdi’s realism or in Wagner’s rein menschliche).

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Donatella Meneghini - pag. 183-215

Memoria e soggettività? Tra lamento e passacaglia nella produzione di György Ligeti

Why in the middle of the experimentation in twentieth century does a form tied to the past as the passacaglia act as a support to several compositions by György Ligeti? In the four years of silence between the opera Le Grand Macabre (1978) and the Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano (1982), the passacaglia seems to have been a good expedient for a more detailed and articulated compositional technique.

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Jory Debenham - pag. 217-232

Principles of Passacaglia: Terezín, Summer 1944

Hans Krsás's final work Passacaglia and Fugue was written in 1944 while he was interned in the Terezín ghetto near Prague. Composers in Terezín operated under a special set of circumstances, and over time it became imperative for them to use musical expression as a means of communicating specific aspects of their lives.

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Mauro Mastropasqua - pag. 233-258

Il pensiero della variazione nelle Variations on a Recitative for Organ op. 40 di Arnold Schönberg

Composed in 1941-42, the Variations op. 40 – the only work for organ ever published by Schönberg – belong to the period of his so called “return” to some tonally oriented organizations of musical structures. The piece expresses, indeed, a suspended tonality polarized on D (predominantly minor).

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Allan F. Moore - pag. 259-290

An Outlandish As-If: The Rock and Pop Passacaglia

In this essay I observe the repeating harmonic patterns of much popular song over the past sixty years through the lens of passacaglia. Although I draw distinctions and similarities with aspects of classical practice, my emphasis is on the popular tradition.

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