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Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century France
La Revue et gazette musicale de Paris 1834–80


  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035897

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  • This book focuses on the musical writings in the daily and periodical press in France during the nineteenth century. It covers the criticism of a wide range of Western music, from c.1580 to 1880, explaining how composers such as Bach and Beethoven secured a permanent place in the repertory. In particular, Dr Ellis considers the music journalism of the Revue et Gazette musicale de Paris, the single most important specialist periodical of the mid-nineteenth century, explaining how French music criticism was influenced by aesthetic and philosophical movements. Dr Ellis analyses the process of canon formation, the development of French musicology and the increasing sensitivity of critics to questions of performance practice. Chapters on new music examine the conflict inevitable in publishers' journals, between commercial interest and aesthetic integrity.

    • Provides an interesting perspective on nineteenth-century musical life
    • Sheds light on established musical figures
    • Examines the relationship between commerce, aesthetics and reception
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    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035897
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.477kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Crosscurrents in early nineteenth-century criticism
    2. The rise of the specialist press from 1827
    3. Early music
    4. The Austro-German tradition I: the reception of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart
    5. The Austro-German tradition II: the reception of Beethoven
    6. The Austro-German tradition III: Weber, Schubert and Mendelssohn
    7. Contemporary music I: piano music
    8. Contemporary music II: chamber and symphonic music
    9. Contemporary music III: opera
    10. Contemporary music IV: the music of the future
    11. Contemporary music V: Berlioz
    12. Conclusion
    Appendix 1. Principal contributors to the Gazette
    Appendix 2. Personalia
    Appendix 3. Contes, nouvelles, dialogues and other short literature in Schlesinger's Gazette musicale, 1834–46
    Appendix 4. Publishing history of the Gazette
    Appendix 5. Pseudonyms and attributions
    Index of musical works cited
    General index.

  • Author

    Katharine Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London

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