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xix, 362 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Preface-- 1. Introduction: Italian opera and German historiography-- 2. Verdi's Requiem and the anxious young Kaiserreich-- 3. Maestro to Meister: Verdi purified-- 4. The 'Verdi renaissance'-- 5. Verdi in the Third Reich-- 6. Epilogue: post-war Verdi-- Appendix 1. Verdi's Requiem in German-language countries, 1875-1901-- Appendix 2. Successful Verdi revivals in German-language theatres, 1901-51-- Select bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521519199 20160604
This seminal study of Giuseppe Verdi's German-language reception provides important new perspectives on German musical culture and nationalism from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Kreuzer argues that the concept of Germany's musical supremacy, so dear to its nationalist cause, was continually challenged by the popularity of Italian opera, a genre increasingly epitomised by Verdi. The book traces the many facets of this Italian-German opposition in the context of intense historical developments from German unification in 1871 to the end of World War II and beyond. Drawing on an exceptionally broad range of sources, Kreuzer explores the construction of visual and biographical images of Verdi; the marketing, interpretation and adaptation of individual works; regional, social and religious undercurrents in German musical life; and overt political appropriations. Suppressed, manipulated and, not least, guiltily enjoyed, Verdi emerges as a powerful influence on German intellectuals' ideas about their collective identity and Germany's paradigmatic musical Other.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521519199 20160604
Music Library
MUSIC-200

2. In search of opera [2001]

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xvi, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
In this work, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle ground between operas as abstractions and performance as the phenomenon that brings opera into being. Weaving between opera's "facts of life" and a series of works including "The Magic Flute", "Parsifal", and "Pell as", Abbate explores a spectrum of attitudes towards musical performance, which range from euphoric visions of singers as creators to uncanny images of musicians as lifeless objects that have been resuscitated by scripts. In doing so, she touches upon several critical issues: the Wagner problem; coloratura, virtuosity, and their critics; the implications of disembodied voice in opera and film; mechanical music; the mortality of musical sound; and opera's predilection for scenes positing mysterious unheard music. An intersection between transcendence and intense physical grounding, she asserts, is a quintessential element of the genre, one source of the rapture that operas and their singers can engender in listeners. The text mediates between an experience of opera that can be passionate and intuitive, and an intellectual engagement with opera as a complicated aesthetic phenomenon. Marrying philosophical speculation to historical detail, Abbate contemplates a central dilemma: the ineffability of music and the diverse means by which a fugitive art is best expressed in words.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691090030 20160528
Music Library
MUSIC-200

3. Beethoven hero [1995]

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xix, 209 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bringing together reception history, music analysis and criticism, the history of music theory, and the philosophy of music, this book explores the nature and persistence of Beethoven's heroic style. What have we come to value in this music and why do generations of critics and analysts hear it in the same way? Specifically, what is it that fosters the intensity of listener engagement with the heroic style, the often overwhelming sense of identification with its musical process? Starting with the story of heroic quest heard time and again in the first movement of the "Eroica" Symphony, Burnham suggests that Beethoven's music matters profoundly to its listeners because it projects an empowering sense of self, destiny and freedom, while modelling ironic self-consciousness. In addition to thus identifying Beethoven's music as an overarching expression of values central to the age of Goethe and Hegel, the author describes and then critiques the process by which the musical values of the heroic style quickly became the controlling model of compositional logic in Western music criticism and analysis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691044071 20160528
Music Library
MUSIC-200
Book
ix, 241 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Genesis and Historical Place: Contemporaries, Documents, Commentaries-- Analysis: Theme, First Movement, Melancholy, The Middle Movements, Second Movement, Third Movement, Fourth Movement-- In Conclusion: Idyll, Melancholy, and Monumental Form, Idyll, Strategies, Brahms's Second Again-- Bibliography-- Index of Names and Musical Works.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674511750 20160527
This text examines Johannes Brahms's Second Symphony, discussing interesting aspects of the work and what it reveals about the composer and his time. Reinhold Brinkmann guides the reader through the symphony movement by movement, examining musical ideas in all their compositional facets and placing them in the context of major trends in the intellectual history of late-19th-century Europe. He delineates connections between this symphony and the composer's other works and traces its relation to the music of Brahms's predecessors, particularly Beethoven. This text also considers the reasons behind Brahms's revisions of the original manuscript and explores the meanings of the disparity between the first two movements of the symphony and the last. The result is a reading of an important composition, clearly placed within its biographical, historical and artistic context.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674511750 20160527
In this book, musicologist Reinhold Brinkmann guides the reader through Brahms's Second Symphony, examining musical ideas in all their compositional facets and placing them in the context of major trends in the intellectual history of late-19th-century Europe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674511767 20160527
Music Library
MUSIC-200
Book
xv, 720 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
  • List of illustrations-- List of tables-- Preface-- Introduction-- Part I. The Age of the Great Schism (1378-1417): Introduction-- 1. The central tradition-- 2. The lateral traditions-- 3. The Council of Constance-- Part II. The Age of Dufay and Dunstable: Introduction-- 1. North and south-- 2. West and east-- Part III. The Common Traditions: 1. Music in the life of the institutions-- 2. Monophonic song, simple polyphony and instrumental music-- Part IV. Europe After 1450: Diversity and Participation: 1. Britain: homegrown glories-- 2. France and low countries: the invention of the masterwork-- 3. Central Europe: masters and apprentices-- 4. Italy and Spain: the encounter of music and Renaissance-- List of music manuscripts-- Bibliography-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521417457 20160528
This is a detailed and comprehensive survey of music in the late middle ages and early Renaissance. By limiting its scope to the 120 years which witnessed perhaps the most dramatic expansion of our musical heritage, the book responds, in the 1990s, to the tremendous increase in specialised research and public awareness of that period. Three of the four main Parts (I, II, IV) describe the development of polyphony and its cultural contexts in many European countries, from the successors of Machaut (d. 1377) to the achievements of Josquin des Prez and his contemporaries working in Renaissance Italy around 1500. Part III, by contrast, illustrates the musical life of the institutions, and musical practices outside the realm of composed polyphony that were traditional and common all over Europe. The book proposes fresh views in each chapter, discussing dozens of musical examples adducing well-known and hitherto unknown documents, and referring to and evaluating the most recent scholarship in the field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521417457 20160528
Green Library, Music Library
MUSIC-200