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Instrumental Music in an Age of Sociability

Instrumental Music in an Age of Sociability
Haydn, Mozart and Friends


  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107013810

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  • Sociability may be a key term of reference for eighteenth-century studies as a whole, but it has not yet developed an especially strong profile in music scholarship. Many of the associations that it brings do not fit comfortably with a later imperative of individual expression. W. Dean Sutcliffe invites us to face up to the challenge of re-evaluating the communicative rationales that lie behind later eighteenth-century instrumental style. Taking a behavioural perspective, he divides sociability into 'technical' and 'affective' realms, involving close attention both to particular recurring musical patterns as well as to some of the style's most salient expressive attributes. The book addresses a broad span of the instrumental production of the era, with Haydn as the pivotal figure. Close readings of a variety of works are embedded in an encompassing consideration of the reception of this music.

    • Proposes a new encompassing perspective on one of the best-known eras of classical music, the era of Haydn and Mozart
    • Covers a very wide range of later eighteenth-century instrumental music, while also treating Haydn as the pivotal figure of the study
    • Adopts a novel approach using the categories of 'technical' and 'affective' sociability to provide a fresh take on what is (in part) a very familiar musical canon
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107013810
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 2 tables 80 music examples
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The sociable muse
    2. Reciprocity
    3. Formula
    4. Tone
    5. Final focus.

  • Author

    W. Dean Sutcliffe, University of Auckland
    W. Dean Sutcliffe is Professor in the School of Music at the University of Auckland, and co-editor of the journal Eighteenth-Century Music. His research interests focus on the eighteenth century, and publications have covered composers such as Domenico Scarlatti, Scarlatti's Spanish contemporary Sebastián de Albero, Boccherini, Mozart, Manuel Blasco de Nebra and above all Haydn. His most recent large-scale publication is an edition of the three string quartets Op. 42 by Adalbert Gyrowetz (2017). He was awarded the Dent Medal for 2009 by the Royal Musical Association.

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