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Floros, Constantin

Works: 242 works in 914 publications in 4 languages and 11,789 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Dedicatee, Contributor, Creator, Other, Honoree, Writer of accompanying material, Composer, Interviewee
Classifications: ML410.M23, 780.92
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Most widely held works about Constantin Floros
Most widely held works by Constantin Floros
Gustav Mahler : the symphonies by Constantin Floros( Book )

60 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustav Mahler thought of his symphonic writing as being based on personal experience, as autobiographical, and as an expression of his philosophy of life. Thus his symphonies deal with profound existential questions and with programmatic ideas that the composer was at first willing to reveal but later preferred to keep to himself. Important references to musical meaning in Mahler's symphonies can be found in numerous sources - sketches, drafts, autograph scores, and
Anton Bruckner by Constantin Floros( )

47 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in English and German and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While unappreciated and controversial during most of his life, Anton Bruckner is today regarded as the greatest symphonist between Beethoven and Gustav Mahler--in terms of originality, boldness and monumentality of his music. The image of Bruckner the man, however, is still extreme instance of the tenacious power of prejudice. No less a figure than Gustav Mahler coined the aperçu about Bruckner being "a simpleton--half genius, half imbecile." The author is out to correct that misperception. His thesis in this study is that contrary to what has hitherto been asserted, there is an intimate relation between Bruckner's sacred music and his symphonies from multiple perspectives: biographical data, sources and influences, the psychology of creation, musical structure, contemporary testimony and reception history. Additional chapters assess important Bruckner recordings and interpreters and the progressiveness of his music [Publisher description]
The origins of western notation by Constantin Floros( )

31 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern music notation developed out of the so-called square notation and this out of the Latin neumes. The question of where these neumes came from has long been the subject of scholarly debate. As the author demonstrated in his three-volume Universale Neumenkunde published in German in 1970, there is a very close relationship between the Paleo-Byzantine notation and the Latin neumes. Although the study aroused a great deal of dispute, more recent studies have revealed that the relevance of the Neumenkunde remains essentially unchallenged after 40 years. Those path-breaking research results on the relationship of the Greek and Latin notational systems are now available for the first time in a completely revised and augmented English translation
Beethovens Eroica und Prometheus-Musik : Sujet-Studien by Constantin Floros( )

39 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With this study the author «opened up a previously locked door of Beethoven research» (Martin Geck). The book presents conclusive answers to questions that had occupied critics for more than a century. It makes clear what exactly Beethoven and his contemporaries meant by the term «heroic». It proves that the «heroic-allegorical ballet» The Creatures of Prometheus is a key work for an understanding of the Eroica, and shows that Beethoven associated the First Consul of the French Republic, Napoleon Bonaparte, with the mythical figure of the Titan Prometheus. The book draws on interdisciplinary researches in the areas of Greek Mythology, Napoleonic History and Comparative Literature
Gustav Mahler, visionary and despot : portrait of a personality by Constantin Floros( )

16 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the terms ±visionary? and ±despot?, the author seeks to circumscribe the multilayered personality of Gustav Mahler. Opening up a terra incognita, he draws a comprehensive map of the various aspects of Mahler{u2019}s inner biography: his unshakable belief in the ±sacredness of musical art? and strongly developed sense of mission, his double life as conductor and composer, his inexorability and refusal to compromise vis-à-vis himself and others, his discomfort with the world in which he lived, the complex facets of his psyche and his enormous energy potential. The result is the disclosure of new and unexpected connections between Mahler{u2019}s personality and his œuvre
Alban Berg : Musik als Autobiographie by Constantin Floros( )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The central point of this book is the realization that the creative work of Alban Berg, which in recent years has moved to the forefront of scholarly interest, is largely rooted in autobiography, so that therefore one can gain access to the music by studying the inner biography of its creator. Accordingly, the first of the three parts of this volume outlines a character portrait of this great composer. Part two considers the conditions relevant to a deeper understanding of Berg and of the Second Viennese School generally. In part three, then, Berg's key works will be analyzed and semantically deciphered in terms of his inner biography. The study is based not only on the sources in print but also on the rich unpublished material. Alban Berg was incapable of composing without a program. He needed an extra-musical stimulus. With him, personal experience was the indispensable condition of the creative process: the autobiographic reference was all-important for composing."
Introduction to early medieval notation by Constantin Floros( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

György Ligeti : beyond avant-garde and postmodernism by Constantin Floros( )

22 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This monograph is an authoritative study of the oeuvre of one of the most important composers of our time. For the first time, Ligeti's key works are presented in the context of their drafts and sketches. His personal and artistic development is set forth and illuminated, and his principal compositions are analyzed and reinterpreted, based on detailed studies of the scores and drafts, as well as on personal conversations with the composer. In addition, numerous questions concerning today's composing are raised and discussed. Music does not have to be puristic: Ligeti's spheres of interest are close to universal, embracing history, natural science, and visual arts, as well as music of diverse eras and ethnicities. This expanded world of the musical comprises not just tones and sounds, speech and music, the vocal and the instrumental: Ligeti conceives music as a cosmos of acoustic form [Publisher description]
Humanism, love and music by Constantin Floros( )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About the German edition of the book: ±(The book) ranges over a wide spectrum from Monteverdi onwards, interspersing such favourite subjects as Mahler and Wagner with less expected ones like Holst's Planets suite.? (Peter Palmer, The Bruckner Journal) ±The best of the research in musical semantic, to which the author has dedicated half his life.? (Lutz Lesle, ekz Informationsdienst)
Gustav Mahler and the symphony of the 19th century by Constantin Floros( )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subject of this book is the semantics of symphonic music from Beethoven to Mahler. Of fundamental importance is the realization that this music is imbued with non-musical, literary, philosophical and religious ideas. It is also clear that not only Beethoven, Schubert and Bruckner were crucial role models for Mahler, but also the musical dramatist Wagner and the programmatic symphony composers Berlioz and Liszt. At the same time a semantic musical analysis of their works reveals for the first time the actual inherent (poetic) quintessence of numerous orchestral works of the 19th Century [Publisher description]
Brahms und Bruckner : Studien zur musikalischen Exegetik by Constantin Floros( Book )

23 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in English and German and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

«The second and third part of the study achieve new insights. With a consistent analysis of biographic data and, simultaneously, a careful scrutiny of musical facts (increased experience in assessing the music of the 19th century), Floros gains convincing interpretations.» (Friedrich Heller about the German edition of the book) «The book is the result of Floros’s intensive study of Mahler, during which he found hitherto undiscovered clues to the interpretation of Brahms’s and Bruckner’s work. Most of the borrowings discussed confirm differences between the two composers in both ideologies and musical heritage. Long thought to be ‘absolute’ music, Bruckner’s compositions carry significant semantic meaning when the composer desired.» (Mucical Borrowing)
New ears for new music by Constantin Floros( )

18 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

±The chapter {u2018}From Expressionism to Experimentation{u2019} provides a wonderful introduction to 20th-century musical trends. Utterly readable, the book makes music of the post-Mahler era accessible.? (Peter Kaiser, 2011)
Alban Berg and Hanna Fuchs : the story of a love in letters by Constantin Floros( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the fall of 1976, 14 letters by Alban Berg, renowned composer of the Second Viennese School, were discovered in the posthumous papers of Hanna Fuchs-Robettin, wife of a Prague industrialist and sister of Franz Werfel, the well-known Austro-Czech writer. In the 1920s Berg gained international notoriety with his opera Wozzeck and the Lyric Suite, which was largely inspired by his relationship with Fuchs." "The secret letters were delivered to Hanna surreptitiously by Theodor Adorno and Alma Mahler Werfel. They were brought to New York by Hanna on her flight from Nazi persecution, and were eventually found in her estate after her death. First discovered by George Perle, then deciphered and transcribed in German by Constantin Floros, they appear here in English for the first time."--Jacket
Musik als Botschaft by Constantin Floros( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and German and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music is often defined as art for the ear, as the language of feeling, of the heart, as sound play, or as the science of composition. But music also conveys intellectual and emotional experiences, literary, religious, philosophical, social and political ideas. Countless composers encrypt contents in their music that can be deciphered by a variety of methods. This book is designed as an introduction to the basic questions of musical semantics and discusses Beethoven's committed art, the core ideas of the "Ring of the Nibelung" and of the "Symphony of a Thousand", Wagner's idea of a religion of art, the relation of music and poetry, the musico-literary conceptions of composers, the large field of program music and the history of the impact of Gustav Mahler
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky : a critical biography by Constantin Floros( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky remains to this day one of the most-performed Russian composers. Based on recent studies and source editions, this book demonstrates the close interrelationship between Tchaikovsky?s life and his work. The author portrays the versatility of the musician who died at the mere age of 53 under controversial circumstances in St. Petersburg.0Translated by Bernhardt-Kabisch
György Ligeti : jenseits von Avantgarde und Postmoderne by Constantin Floros( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Hongaarse componist (1923- )
Gustav Mahler's mental world : a systematic representation by Constantin Floros( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in English and German and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With his extensive three-volume investigation, the author has newly drawn the image of Gustav Mahler for our time. Should Mahler’s symphonies really be categorized as «absolute music»? – Little-known manuscript sources contain significant hints to the contrary: programmatic titles and catchwords or phrases, mottos, literary allusions, associations, sighs, exclamations. Mahler fully understood his symphonies as «erlebte Musik», music of experience, as autobiography in notes, and as expressions of his «weltanschauung». All the symphonies, including the purely instrumental ones, can be traced back to programs that Mahler originally made public, but suppressed later on. A knowledge of the programmatic ideas provides access to a hitherto barely sensed interior metaphysical world that is of crucial importance for an adequate interpretation of the works. This first volume uncovers the complexity of relations between Mahler’s wide-ranging reading and education, his aesthetics and his symphonic creation. About the German edition of this book: «One of the most thoroughgoing and comprehensive investigations of Gustav Mahler’s work and world to date.» (Norddeutscher Rundfunk) «The way in which Mahler’s literary background, his education, and his aesthetic and philosophical maxims are presented here indeed opens up a new approach.» (Die Musikforschung)
Johannes Brahms, free but alone : a life for a poetic music by Constantin Floros( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johannes Brahms was until now widely regarded as the archetype of the "absolute musician". Based on new research, the study shows how close autobiographic and poetic elements are in fact linked to his oeuvre. Like Robert Schumann, Brahms subscribed to an aesthetic of "poetic" music. In many of his compositions he got his inspiration from personal experiences, poems or images, as is shown by hitherto unpublished documents, letters, and diary entries, as well as from close analyses of individual works. Brahms's personality, too, is seen in a new way. He adopted Joseph Joachim's motto "Frei, aber einsam", "Free but alone". The tonal code F-A-E, the musical symbol of this, recurs frequently in his works. Not least, the English version of the book, originally published in German in 1997, includes four additional chapters that investigate novel aspects by dealing in detail with the First Symphony, the German Requiem, Nänie and the Four Serious Songs. The American Brahms Society stressed the importance of the study for all those who want to come to know the unknown Brahms [Publisher description]
Gustav Mahler, Visionär und Despot : Porträt einer Persönlichkeit by Constantin Floros( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in German and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musikkulturgeschichte : Festschrift für Constantin Floros zum 60. Geburtstag( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Gustav Mahler : the symphonies
Anton BrucknerThe origins of western notationIntroduction to early medieval notationAlban Berg and Hanna Fuchs : the story of a love in lettersJohannes Brahms, free but alone : a life for a poetic music
Alternative Names
Constantin Floros Greek musicologist

Constantin Floros griechischer Musikwissenschaftler

Constantin Floros musicólogo griego

Constantin Floros musicologue grec

Constantin Floros musicoloog uit Griekenland

Constantin Floros professor académico alemão

Constantin Floros tysk professor

Floros, Konstantin 1930-

Phlōros, Kōnstantinos

Phlōros, Kōnstantinos 1930-

Κωνσταντίνος Φλώρος Έλληνας μουσικολόγος

Φλώρος Κωνσταντίνος

フローロス, C

フローロス, コンスタンティン