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Author Will, Richard James.

Title The characteristic symphony in the age of Haydn and Beethoven / Richard Will
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 329 pages) : illustrations
Series New perspectives in music history and criticism
New perspectives in music history and criticism.
Contents Paradise lost: Dittersdorf's Four ages of the world and the crisis of Austrian enlightened despotism -- Preaching without words: reform Catholicism versus divine mystery in Haydn's Seven last words -- Boundaries of the art: characteristic music in contemporary criticism and aesthetics -- Paradise regained: time, morality, and humanity in Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony -- Making memories: symphonies of war, death, and celebration -- Appendixes: 1. Thematic index of characteristic symphonies -- Pastoral symphonies and movements -- Symphonies and movements by subject
Summary 'Characteristic' symphonies have texts associating them with literature, politics, religion, and other aspects of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century European culture. This first full-length study of the genre illuminates the relationship between symphonies and their aesthetic and social context and discusses examples of works by composers including Beethoven, Haydn and Dittersdorf
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-318) and index
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Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Symphonies -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dittersdorf, Karl Ditters von, 1739-1799. Symphonies -- Criticism and interpretation.
Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. Symphonies -- Criticism and interpretation.
Music -- 18th century -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Music -- 19th century -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Program music.
Symphony -- 18th century.
Symphony -- 19th century.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2001035658
ISBN 0511032471 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
0511041500 (electronic bk.)
0511481896 (electronic bk.)
9780511032479 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
9780511041501 (electronic bk.)
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