first printed edition of a complete
music work by the American poet
The book, in two parts, features
I. The first systematic analysis
of Pound's music training, the
application of his musico-poetic
theories, methods of composition,
and a music analysis of the opera.
Addendum I: The genesis and sources
of Pound's Great Bass theory; Addendum
II: the first complete listing
and description of Pound's dozen
works for solo violin.
Authors: Robert Hughes and Margaret
II. The definitive performance
edition drawn from the uncatalogued
and dispersed music manuscripts
in the Beinecke Manuscript and
Rare Book Library (Yale University).
This is the full music score with
piano reduction and stage instructions;
editorial notes are by Robert Hughes.
The three-act one hour opera is
a dramatization of the life of
the Florentine poet Guido Cavalcanti
(1250-1300), friend of Dante, through
eleven of his canzone and ballate.
Two additional numbers are settings
of poems in Provencal by Sordello.
All music is composed by Ezra Pound.
Additional narrator's script, dialogue,
and stage instructions are by Pound.
Performing forces: ten voices,
narrator, small ensemble (fl, E.H.,
bsn, trb., perc., timp., vln, vc,
parts are handled by Second Evening
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Ezra Pound II by R. B.
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