The Social Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music

The Social Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music : Composers, Consumers, Communities

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Marie Sumner Lott examines the music available to musical consumers in the nineteenth century, and what that music tells us about their tastes, priorities, and activities. Her social history of chamber music performance places the works of canonic composers such as Schubert, Brahms, and Dvorak in relation to lesser-known but influential peers. The book explores the dynamic relationships among the active agents involved in the creation of Romantic music and shows how each influenced the others' choices in a rich, collaborative environment. In addition to documenting the ways companies acquired and marketed sheet music, Sumner Lott reveals how the publication and performance of chamber music differed from that of ephemeral piano and song genres or more monumental orchestral and operatic works. Several distinct niche markets existed within the audience for chamber music, and composers created new musical works for their use and enjoyment. Insightful and groundbreaking, The Social Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music revises prevailing views of middle-class influence on nineteenth-century musical style and presents new methods for interpreting the meanings of musical works for musicians both past and more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 748.42g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025203922X
  • 9780252039225
  • 2,003,554

About Marie Sumner Lott

Marie Sumner Lott is an assistant professor of music history at Georgia State University and a winner of a 2013 ASCAP-Deems Taylor more

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"By focusing on the milieu of middle-class amateurs rather than the professional world of the concert hall that has occupied most scholars, Sumner Lott provides a fresh perspective on the production and consumption of chamber music in nineteenth-century Europe. The Social Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music is an exemplary contextual study that enhances our appreciation of not only canonic masterworks but also lesser-known pieces written for this thriving market." --Walter Frisch, author of Music in the Nineteenth Century "This book is an extremely significant achievement. It is likely to attract the interest of a broader readership and is strongly recommended, both as a resource for students and more seasoned scholars. It is all too rare that one encounters a book that engages one's avid interest throughout: this was one of those books."--Ad Parnassumshow more