Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Book — 1 online resource (xi, 329 pages) : illustrations. Digital: data file.
Paradise lost: Dittersdorf's Four ages of the world and the crisis of Austrian enlightened despotism
Preaching without words: reform Catholicism versus divine mystery in Haydn's Seven last words
Boundaries of the art: characteristic music in contemporary criticism and aesthetics
Paradise regained: time, morality, and humanity in Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Making memories: symphonies of war, death, and celebration
Appendixes: 1. Thematic index of characteristic symphonies
Pastoral symphonies and movements
Symphonies and movements by subject.
Associated through descriptive texts with literature, politics, religion, and other subjects, 'characteristic' symphonies offer an opportunity to study instrumental music as it engages important social and political debates of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This first full-length study of the genre illuminates the relationship between symphonies and their aesthetic and social contexts by focussing on the musical representation of feeling, human physical movement, and the passage of time. The works discussed include Beethoven's Pastoral and Eroica Symphonies, Haydn's Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf's symphonies on Ovid's Metamorphoses, and orchestral battle reenactments of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras. A separate chapter details the aesthetic context within which characteristic symphonies were conceived, as well as their subsequent reception, and a series of appendixes summarises bibliographic information for over 225 relevant examples. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Book — 1 online resource (xiii, 219 pages) : music. Digital: data file.
1. Music as history--
2. The application of primary sources--
3. Changes in musical style--
4. Conditions and practices--
5. Case studies in ensemble music--
6. The continuing debate.
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Offering students and performers a concise overview of historical performance, this 1999 book takes into account the many significant developments in the discipline. It addresses practical matters rather than philosophical issues and guides readers towards further investigation and interpretation of the evidence provided, not only in the various early instrumental and vocal treatises, but also in examples from the mainstream repertory. Designed as a parent volume for the series Cambridge Handbooks to the Historical Performance of Music, this book provides an historical basis for artistic decision-making which has as its goal the re-creation of performances as close as possible to the composer's original conception. It relates many of the issues discussed to major works by Bach, Mozart, Berlioz and Brahms, composed c.1700-c.1900, the core period which forms the principal (though not exclusive) focus for the whole series. (source: Nielsen Book Data)