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The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven

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Part of New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism

  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521057172

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  • Characteristic symphonies have texts associating them with literature, politics, religion, and other aspects of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European culture. Examining both the music and its aesthetic and social contexts, this first full-length study of the genre demonstrates how symphonies constructed individual and collective identities through their subjects, representing emotion, human bodily movement, and the passage of time. Examples discussed include the Pastoral and Eroica symphonies of Beethoven and works by Haydn, Dittersdorf, and other composers of the era. An Appendix provides a thematic index of the entire repertory.

    • New interpretations of works by Beethoven (Pastoral and Eroica Symphonies) and Haydn (Military Symphony, The Seven Last Words of our Savior on the Cross)
    • Substantial discussion of works by lesser-known composers of the era, illustrated with numerous musical examples
    • Indexes to over 225 symphonies with descriptive texts, c. 1750–1815
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    "Would elementary general music teachers benefit from the mental exercise and new insights provided by this book? There's no question." Music Educators Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521057172
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.526kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 5 tables 95 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Paradise lost
    2. Preaching the emotions
    3. The boundaries of the art
    4. Paradise regained
    5. Making memories
    1. Thematic index of characteristic symphonies
    2. Pastoral symphonies and movements
    3. Symphonies and movements by subject.

  • Author

    Richard Will, University of Washington
    Richard Will is Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Washington. He has articles published or forthcoming on Beethoven, Haydn, and other topics in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music and Letters, and Beethoven Forum. He has also written a series of critical essays on Jimi Hendrix for the International Dictionary of Black Composers.

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