A comprehensive survey of the major sources of inspiration for Western composers who sought to infuse their musical works with an 'Eastern' flavor. It discusses the aesthetic, philosophical, political, geographical, literary and historical forces at work during the period.
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Companion volume from the same publisher:
Literary Sources of Nineteenth-Century Musical Orientalism: The Hypnotic Spell of the Exotic on Music of the Romantic Period
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Foreword by Associate Professor Craig De Wilde
Prefatory Remarks and Acknowledgements
PART 1 The Orient: 'as image or as thought'
Chapter 1: Understanding the Retreat to the 'Exotic'
Chapter 2: Defining the 'Orient'
PART 2 The Historical Background
Chapter 3: Pilgrimages to the 'Orient'
a) The Politics of the Middle East
b) Music and Musicians among 'the splendour and havoc of the East'
c) En Espagne
Chapter 4: Sailor Musicians and Musical Travelogues
Chapter 5: Universal Expositions and the Inspiration of Contemporary Events
Chapter 6: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
Postscript on Colour and Atmosphere
Appendix - A guide to the 'lingua franca' of Musical Orientalism
An explanation of the fundamental 'Eastern' traits imitated by Western composers, including a list of the most characteristic 'formulae' employed by them to create 'Oriental' atmospheres
Born in Australia, Dr. Jonathan Little studied Composition and Performance at the University of Melbourne, winning the Lady Turner Exhibition for overall excellence. He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in music for his research into the development of "exotic" 19th- and 20th-century orchestration. Prior to joining the University of Chichester in 2006, Jonathan was Principal of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford - Europe's largest specialist academy for students of contemporary music, and the first music education establishment to win the Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation category).
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