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Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style

Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style
Through-Composition and Cyclic Integration in his Instrumental Music

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511877216

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  • This volume offers a new view of Joseph Haydn's instrumental music. It argues that many of Haydn's greatest and most characteristic instrumental works are 'through-composed' in the sense that their several movements are bound together into a cycle. This cyclic integration is articulated, among other ways, by the 'progressive' form of individual movements, structural and gestural links between the movements, and extramusical associations. Central to the study is a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the 'Farewell' Symphony, No. 45 in F sharp minor (1772). The analysis is distinguished by its systematic use of different methods (Toveyan formalism, Schenkerian voice leading, Schoenbergian developing variation) to elucidate the work's overall coherence. The work's unique musical processes, in turn, suggest an interpretation of the entire piece (not merely the famous 'farewell' finale) in terms of the familiar programmatic story of the musicians' wish to leave Castle Eszterhaza. In a book which relates systematically the results of analysis and interpretation, Professor Webster challenges the concept of 'classical style' which, he argues has distorted our understanding of Haydn's development, and he stresses the need for a greater appreciation of Haydn's early music and of his stature as Beethoven's equal.

    • Not only about the famous 'Farewell' symphony, but also about other similar symphonies and chamber works by Haydn
    • Don't worry about the subtitle - it simply means that the movements of a piece are linked by various means
    • The final part of the book challenges Charles Rosen's ideas in his famous book The Classical Style
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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511877216
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 12 tables 72 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Ian Bent
    Author's note
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Farewell Symphony:
    1. The construction of the whole
    2. Instability
    3. Resolution
    4. The program
    Part II. Cyclic Organization in Haydn's Instrumental Music:
    5. Progressive form and the rhetoric of instability
    6. Integration of the cycle
    7. Extramusical associations
    8. Individual compositions
    Historiographical conclusion

  • Author

    James Webster


    Ian Bent

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