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Author Kelly, Thomas Forrest, author.

Title First nights : five musical premieres / Thomas Forrest Kelly
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, 2000


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 387 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Claudio Monteverdi, Orfeo: Saturday, February 24, 1607, Documents -- George Frideric Handel, Messiah: Tuesday, April 13, 1742, 12 noon, Documents -- Ludwig van Beethoven, Ninth symphony: Friday, May 7, 1824, 7:00 p.m., Documents -- Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique: Sunday, December 5, 1830, 2 p.m., Documents -- Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps: Thursday, May 29, 1913, 8:45 p.m., Documents
Summary "This book takes us back to the first performances of five famous musical compositions: Monteverdi's Orfeo in 1607, Handel's Messiah in 1742, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1824, Berlioz's Symphonic fantastique in 1830, and Stravinsky's Sacre du printemps in 1913. Thomas Forrest Kelly sets the scene for each of these premieres, describing the cities in which they took place, the concert halls, audiences, conductors, and musicians, the sound of the music when it was first performed (often on instruments now extinct), and the popular and critical responses. He explores how performance styles and conditions have changed over the centuries and what music can reveal about the societies that produce it."--Provided by publisher
Notes "Published with assistance from the Louis Stern Memorial Fund."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-359, 361-372), discographies (pages 341-347) , and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (JSTOR platform, viewed June 26, 2017)
Subject Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643. Orfeo
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Messiah.
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Symphonies, no. 9, op. 125, D minor.
Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869. Symphonie fantastique.
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. Vesna svi︠a︡shchennai︠a︡.
Monteverdi, Claudio. Orfeo.
Händel, Georg Friedrich. Messiah.
Beethoven, Ludwig van. Sinfonie op. 125.
Berlioz, Hector. Symphonie fantastique.
Stravinsky, Igor. Sacre du printemps.
SUBJECT Messiah (Handel, George Frideric) fast
Orfeo (Monteverdi, Claudio) fast
Symphonie fantastique (Berlioz, Hector) fast
Symphonies (Beethoven, Ludwig van) fast
Vesna svi︠a︡shchennai︠a︡ (Stravinsky, Igor) fast
Subject Music -- First performances.
MUSIC -- Genres & Styles -- Musicals.
Music -- First performances
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780300185607