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Writing About Music: An Introductory Guide, 4th edition

  • Richard J. Wingell

Published by Pearson (December 29th 2007) - Copyright © 2009

4th edition

Writing About Music: An Introductory Guide

ISBN-13: 9780136157786

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Helping users write clear, convincing, persuasive prose on musical topics, this practical guide focuses on general writing issues as well as special challenges of writing about music–with clear, step-by-step explanations of the process of writing a paper. Updated to reflect the latest research methodology, resources, and technology, it continues to offer strong coverage on research, organization, drafting and editing–and includes a thorough section on basic writing skills. KEY TOPICS: Contains complete chapters on writing about music, analysis and research, getting started, writing a research paper (from choosing a topic through outlining, writing the draft, editing and revising), questions of format, other kinds of writing projects (i.e., seminar presentations, concert reports, program notes), writing styles, and common writing problem. Covers the latest musicological research and new resources for researching both print and electronic publications. Discusses writing papers on a PC, and provides a sample paper in the appendix that illustrates matters of format and discusses the events in the musical work. MARKET: For writers.

Table of contents

Preface to The Fourth Edition

Purpose of the Fourth Edition

Changes in the Fourth Edition

Other Resources

How to Use This Book



Chapter 1. Writing about Music

Why We Write about Music

The Special Challenges of Writing about Music

Inappropriate Ways to Write about Music

Musicological Research and Writing


Chapter 2. Analysis and Research


Questions to Consider

Examples of Works and Research Directions

    Carlo Gesualdo: “Moro, lasso”

    J. S. Bach: Opening Chorus of Cantata No. 80, Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott

    W. A. Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Minor, K. 491, First Movement

    Giuseppe Verdi: Otello, Act I, Scene 3

    Franz Liszt: “Faust” Symphony, First Movement

    Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Opening Sections

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge


Chapter 3. Getting Started: Research

Choosing a Topic

Kinds of Topics

What Research Means

Gathering Materials

Places to Start: Print Resources

    Library Catalogues

    Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

    Histories of Music


    Thematic Catalogues



    Scores and Recordings

Places to Start: Electronic Resources

    Search Engines



    Online Journals


Evaluating Resources

Foreign-Language Resources

When to Stop: How Much Research Is Enough?


Chapter 4. Writing a Research Paper

The Outline

    Topic and Thesis

    Topic Outline versus Sentence Outline




    Revising the Outline

Writing the Draft

    Musical Examples

    Diagrams, Graphics, and Tables



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