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David Epstein

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Studies in Musical Structure

Beyond Orpheus is a study of the elements of musical structure and the ways they provide unity, coherence and uniqueness in classic-romantic music. The book rests in part upon Arnold Schoenberg's concept of Grundgestalt, or Basic Shape, as the singular germinal source from which all aspects of a musical work arise. Though Schoeberg based his philosophy of composition upon this idea, he discussed it explicitly in his writings only minimally.Beyond Orpheus clarifies and illuminates the concept, drawing from the writings of Stoenberg and those of his circle.