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By A. B. Marx, Scott Burnham

A. B. Marx was once probably the most vital German song theorists of his time. This quantity deals a beneficiant collection of the main salient of his writings, the bulk offered in English for the 1st time. It good points the oft-cited yet little understood fabric on sonata shape, his innovative application for compositional pedagogy and his particular severe research of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. those writings hence care for concerns that fall without delay one of the issues of mainstream conception and research long ago centuries.

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And the following is immediately clear: Just like any method whatsoever, it must give itself over to [sich dem Wesen zu eigen geben] the essence of that which it would teach. Just as philosophy cannot be grasped through memorization, nor chronology through the forms of logic, just as handiwork cannot be learned through purely mental activity, nor a science through physical agility, so musical composition cannot be taught and learned except by means of those mental activities that it brings into application.

And though it goes without saying that we come to hear quite enough music these days, everyone knows how seldom this is connected with a deeper sympathy {11} and, even apart from this, just how little this lump of experience counts in relation to the preparatory instruction that our entire life offers for literature and the plastic arts. Directly in its external appearance, then, musical art is a much more complex essence than every other art. This is already apparent in that the visual arts are active only in the form of space, and literature only in that of time the former places its shapes next to each other, the latter lets its representations follow upon one another while music works in both directions at once, in that it places next to each other the tones of a harmony or the voices of a polyphonic piece, and at the same time unfolds one or more series of tones in a succession of tones or tunes [Weisen].

That our greatest artists were additionally possessed of educations most propitious for their task, and that, despite the greatest natural aptitude, their works remained defective precisely at those points where some part of the necessary education was lacking. And if anyone still desired to return to that old misunderstanding about the dreamlike unconsciousness of genial creativity, he would find himself corrected not only by the words of a Goethe but by the works and words of the musical masters, namely by Mozart himself who reveals a remarkably clear consciousness of his intentions and their execution in his letters.

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