Romanticism (1830-1890)

Romanticism (1830-1890)

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The New Oxford History of Music is complete This latest and last volume: * completes the set of The New Oxford History of Music in 10 volumes * includes the whole span of western instrumental music and opera in the greater part of the nineteenth century * is edited by one of the most respected scholars of nineteenth-century music In March 1830 Goethe complained to Eckermann that 'everybody talks now about Classicism and Romanticism - which no one thought of fifty years ago'. Romanticism - a concept more easily recognized than defined - was the prevailing spirit of the vast outpouring of music in the sixty years chronicled in this volume. The list of major composers treated either wholly or in part will serve as an indication of its scope: Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Berlioz, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Bizet, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, Smetana, Faure, Wolf, Puccini, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss, Cesar Franck, Debussy. Contributors: Gerald Abraham, John Horton, David Charlton, David Kimbell, Siegfried Goslich, Nicholas Temperly, Willi Kahl, Arnold Whittall, Julian Budden, Robert Pascall, Leslie Orrey, David Tunley, Edward Garden, Rosemary Hunt, and John Clapham.show more

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  • Hardback | 956 pages
  • 157.48 x 248.92 x 55.88mm | 1,700.96g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 pp plates
  • 0193163098
  • 9780193163096

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`The New Oxford History of Music is completed in a blaze of suitably Wagnerian glory with the publication of its missing link, the volume on Romanticism covering the years 1830 to 1890...there is plenty of food for thought here ...OUP is to be congratulated on completing the most satisfying history of music on offer.' Musical Times `It is sad that Gerald Abraham did not live to see the last volume published; but his guiding hand and scholarship mark it strongly. His survey has a magisterial ease.' Times Literary Supplementshow more

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The years 1830-90 were the 'Romantic period' in music par excelence. It was in March 1830 that Goethe complained that 'everybody talks now about Classicism and Romanticism--which no one thought of fifty years ago', and the ensuing decade saw the coming to maturity of the first generation of Romantic composers--Berlioz, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, and Verdi. As for the end of the period, in 1890 Wagner, Liszt, and Cesar Franck had recently died, while the next few years were to witness the deaths of Brahms and Bruckner and the final masterpieces of Verdi and Tchaikovsky.show more

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Part 1 New tendencies in orchestral music - 1830-1850, Gerald Abraham. Part 2 Chamber music - 1830-1850, John Horton. Part 3 Romantic opera - 1830-1850 - grand opera and opera comique, David Charlton, (Lecturer in Music, University of East Anglia); Italy opera, David Kimbell; Germany, Siegfried Goslich; Russia and Eastern Europe, Gerald Abraham; Britain and the United States, Nicholas Temperley. Part 4 Romantic piano music - 1830-1850, Willi Kahl. Part 5 Wagner's later stage works, Arnold Whittall. Part 6 Opera - 1850-1890: Germany, Gerald Abraham; France, David Charlton (Lecturer in Music, University of East Anglia); Italy, Julian Budden; Russia and Eastern Europe, Gerald Abraham; Britain and the United States, Nicholas Temperley. Part 7 The symphonic poem and kindred forms, Gerald Abraham. Part 8 Major instrumental forms - 1850-1890, Robert Pascall (Professor of Music, University of Nottingham). Part 9 Solo song: Germany, Leslie Orrey; France, David Tunley (Professor of Music, University of western Australia); Russia, Edward Garden; Poland, Rosemary Hunt; Czechoslovakia, John Clapham; Scandinavia, John Horton; Britain and the United States, Nicholas Temperley; Part 10 Choral music, Gerald Abraham.show more

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