The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony

The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony

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Few genres of the last 250 years have proved so crucial to the course of music history, or so vital to public musical experience, as the symphony. This Companion offers an accessible guide to the historical, analytical and interpretative issues surrounding this major genre of Western music, discussing an extensive variety of works from the eighteenth century to the present day. The book complements a detailed review of the symphony's history with focused analytical essays from leading scholars on the symphonic music of both mainstream composers, including Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and lesser-known figures, including Carter, Berio and Maxwell Davies. With chapters on a comprehensive range of topics, from the symphony's origins to the politics of its reception in the twentieth century, this is an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in the history, analysis and performance of the symphonic repertoire.
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  • Hardback | 470 pages
  • 178 x 248 x 28mm | 1,079.98g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 6 b/w illus. 13 tables 88 music examples
  • 0521884985
  • 9780521884983
  • 2,182,665

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'A thoroughly compelling volume.' BBC Music Magazine 'Horton's team of 16 writers works hard to show how the symphony was born and why it has not (yet) died.' Gramophone 'Including essays both general and tightly focused, this collection goes well beyond the traditional chronological study and overview of the symphony and offers numerous perspectives and scholarly insights ... Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.' B. L. Eden, Choice
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Table of contents

1. Introduction: understanding the symphony Julian Horton; Part I. Historical Overview of the Genre: 2. The Viennese symphony 1750 to 1827 John Irving; 3. Other classical repertories Mary Sue Morrow; 4. The symphony after Beethoven after Dahlhaus David Brodbeck; 5. The symphony since Mahler: national and international trends David Fanning; Part II. Studies in Symphonic Analysis: 6. Six great early symphonists Michael Spitzer; 7. Harmonies and effects: Haydn and Mozart in parallel Simon P. Keefe; 8. Beethoven: structural principles and narrative strategies Mark Anson-Cartwright; 9. Cyclical thematic processes in the nineteenth-century symphony Julian Horton; 10. Tonal strategies in the nineteenth-century symphony Julian Horton; 11. 'Two-dimensional' symphonic forms: Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony, before, and after Steven Vande Moortele; 12. Symphony/antiphony: formal strategies in the twentieth-century symphony Daniel M. Grimley; Part III. Performance, Reception and Genre: 13. The symphony and the classical orchestra Richard Will; 14. Beethoven's shadow: the nineteenth century Mark Evan Bonds; 15. The symphony as programme music John Williamson; 16. 'Symphonies of the free spirit': the Austro-German symphony in early Soviet Russia Pauline Fairclough; 17. The symphony in Britain: guardianship and renewal Alain Frogley; 18. The symphony, the modern orchestra and the performing canon Alan Street.
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About Julian Horton

Julian Horton is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Music at University College Dublin. His research focuses on nineteenth-century instrumental music, with special interests in the symphonies of Anton Bruckner and the analysis of sonata forms. His publications include Bruckner's Symphonies: Analysis, Reception and Cultural Politics (2004) and chapters and articles in The Cambridge Companion to Bruckner (2004), Music Analysis, Music and Letters and Musical Quarterly. From 2006 to 2011 he served as Critical-Forum Editor of Music Analysis. He is currently working on a study of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 83.
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