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Schubert's Late Music
History, Theory, Style


Lorraine Byrne Bodley, John M. Gingerich, Scott Burnham, Anne M. Hyland, Harry White, Robert S. Hatten, Richard Kramer, Eric Wen, Marjorie Hirsch, Julian Horton, Glenn Stanley, Lauri Suurpää, Ryan McClelland, Xavier Hascher, Su-Yin Mak, Susan Youens, Blake Howe, Jürgen Thym, Benjamin M. Korstvedt, Laura Tunbridge
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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107111295

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  • Schubert's late music has proved pivotal for the development of diverse fields of musical scholarship, from biography and music history to the theory of harmony. This collection addresses current issues in Schubert studies including compositional technique, the topical issue of 'late' style, tonal strategy and form in the composer's instrumental music, and musical readings of the 'postmodern' Schubert. Offering fresh approaches to Schubert's instrumental and vocal works and their reception, this book argues that the music that the composer produced from 1822–8 is central to a paradigm shift in the history of music during the nineteenth century. The contributors provide a timely reassessment of Schubert's legacy, assembling a portrait of the composer that is very different from the sentimental Schubert permeating nineteenth-century culture and the postmodern Schubert of more recent literature.

    • Reveals new avenues of research into Schubert studies, with a particular focus upon the topical issue of 'late' style
    • Offers a unique variety of international scholarship, combining both traditional and 'new' musicology together with analytic criticism and music theory
    • Explores a wide range of sub-disciplines beyond Schubert studies including reception studies, performance studies, aesthetics and philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107111295
    • length: 490 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 176 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 18 tables 187 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Schubert's late style and current musical scholarship Lorraine Byrne Bodley
    Part I. Reception Histories:
    1. 'Classical' music and Viennese resistance to Schubert's Beethoven project John M. Gingerich
    2. Beethoven, Schubert, and the movement of phenomena Scott Burnham
    3. [Un]Himmlische Länge: editorial intervention as reception history Anne M. Hyland
    4. Citation, narrative and meaning: Woody Allen and the late Schubert Harry White
    Part II. The Late Instrumental Music (1): Hermeneutics and Performance:
    5. Schubert's alchemy: transformative surfaces, transfiguring depths Robert S. Hatten
    6. Against the grain: Op. 78 and a hermeneutics of late style Richard Kramer
    7. Schubert's Wiegenlied: the Andante sostenuto from the Piano Sonata in B flat, D. 960 Eric Wen
    8. Schubert's reconciliation of gothic and classical influences Marjorie Hirsch
    9. The first movement of Schubert's Piano Sonata D. 959 and the performance of analysis Julian Horton
    Part III. The Late Instrumental Music (2): Meaning and Genre:
    10. Schubert hearing Don Giovanni: Mozartian death music in the 'Unfinished' Symphony Glenn Stanley
    11. Longing for the unattainable: the second movement of the 'Great' C major Symphony Lauri Suurpää
    12. Tonal recollection in Schubert's late instrumental music Ryan McClelland
    13. Detours, wrong tracks, and dead ends: the 'wanderer' in the labyrinth of Schubert's late instrumental music Xavier Hascher
    14. Formal ambiguity and generic reinterpretation in the late instrumental music Su-Yin Mak
    Part IV. Defining Late Style:
    15. The 'problem of solitude' and critique in song: Schubert's loneliness Susan Youens
    16. Music of the orphaned self? Schubert and concepts of late style Lorraine Byrne Bodley
    17. Bounded finitude and boundless infinitude: Schubert's contradictions at the 'final barrier' Blake Howe
    18. Invocations of memory in Schubert's last songs Jürgen Thym
    19. 'The prerogative of late style': thoughts on the expressive world of Schubert's late works Benjamin M. Korstvedt
    20. Singing against late style: the problem of performance history Laura Tunbridge.

  • Editors

    Lorraine Byrne Bodley, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
    Lorraine Byrne Bodley is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is the first woman in Ireland to be awarded a DMUS in Musicology (from the National University of Ireland, 2012) and has recently been elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She has published ten books and is currently writing a new biography of Schubert. Her awards include two DAAD Senior Academic Awards (2010 and 2014), a Gerda-Henkel Foundation Scholarship (2014) and an IRCHSS Scholarship (2001–3).

    Julian Horton, University of Durham
    Julian Horton is Professor of Music and Head of Department at the University of Durham. He is author of monographs including Bruckner's Symphonies: Analysis, Reception and Cultural Politics (2004) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Symphony (2013). In 2012, he was awarded the Westrup Prize of the Music and Letters Trust, and in 2014 he was elected President of the Society for Music Analysis.


    Lorraine Byrne Bodley, John M. Gingerich, Scott Burnham, Anne M. Hyland, Harry White, Robert S. Hatten, Richard Kramer, Eric Wen, Marjorie Hirsch, Julian Horton, Glenn Stanley, Lauri Suurpää, Ryan McClelland, Xavier Hascher, Su-Yin Mak, Susan Youens, Blake Howe, Jürgen Thym, Benjamin M. Korstvedt, Laura Tunbridge

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