This comprehensive overview of music in the nineteenth century draws on the most recent scholarship in the field. It avoids mere repertory surveys, focusing instead on issues which illuminate the subject in novel and interesting ways. The book is divided into two parts (1800-1850 and 1850-1900), each of which approaches the major repertory of the period by way of essays investigating the intellectual and socio-political history of the time. The music itself is discussed in five central chapters within each part, amplified by essays on topics such as popular culture, nationalism, genius, and the emergent concept of an avant-garde. The book concludes with an examination of musical styles and languages around the turn of the century. The addition of a detailed chronology and extensive glossaries makes this the most informed reference book on nineteenth-century music currently available.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 785
Weight: 1240 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 34 mm
'... a comprehensive, impressive overview of the music of the period in question ... Jim Samson has assembled an equally impressive selection of Anglo-American musicological minds to write it with him. There is in fact nothing gimmicky here, but much to admire. The book on its own terms remains a significant contribution to the current literature, of which any publisher should be proud.' Musical Times
"...highly recommended to advanced students, scholars, and (fairly sophisticated) readers in general. With its interesting viewpoints and wealth of information, it will make a valuable addition to the bibliography of surveys of the period." Journal of Musicological Research
"After more than three decades of discovery and controversy about Western at music of the 19th century, Samson ... has put together a collection that articulates contemporary understanding of that era's major issues.... Bringing together material heretofore dispersed in journals and hard-to-find collections, this volume is recommended for academic, professional, and public collections at all levels." Choice