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Music in the Nineteenth Century (Western Music in Context: A Norton History)



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Music in the Nineteenth Century examines the period from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 to the advent of Modernism in the 1890s. Frisch traces a complex web of relationships involving composers, performers, publishers, notated scores, oral traditions, audiences, institutions, cities, and nations. The book's central themes include middle-class involvement in music, the rich but elusive concept of Romanticism, the cult of virtuosity, and the ever-changing balance between musical and commercial interests. The final chapter considers the sound world of nineteenth-century music as captured by contemporary witnesses and early recordings. Western Music in Context: A Norton History comprises six volumes of moderate length, each written in an engaging style by a recognized expert. Authoritative and current, the series examines music in the broadest sense-as sounds notated, performed, and heard-focusing not only on composers and works, but also on broader social and intellectual currents.

Table of Contents

Anthology Repertoirep. xii
Series Editor's Prefacep. xiii
Author's Prefacep. xv
Nineteenth-Century Music and Its Contextsp. 1
Around 1815p. 2
The Final Decade of the Centuryp. 5
From 1815 to the 1890sp. 7
The "Tristan" Chordp. 9
For Further Readingp. 11
The Romantic Imaginationp. 13
The Reaction Against Classicismp. 14
Romantic Longingp. 19
Music in the Romantic Imaginationp. 21
The Religion of Artp. 23
Fantasy Versus Realityp. 24
Romantic Ironyp. 26
Romanticism and Nationalismp. 28
For Further Readingp. 31
Music and the Age of Metternichp. 32
The Congress of Viennap. 33
Biedermeier Culturep. 34
Ludwig van Beethovenp. 37
Franz Schubertp. 42
Virtuosity, Virtuososp. 46
For Further Readingp. 51
The Opera Industryp. 52
Italian Operap. 53
French Operap. 62
German Operap. 65
Russian Operap. 71
For Further Readingp. 72
Making Music Matter: Criticism and Performancep. 73
Music Journalismp. 74
Civic Engagement: The Case of Felix Mendelssohnp. 82
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and the Musical Salonp. 85
Clara Wieck Schumann and the Keyboardp. 87
For Further Readingp. 91
Making Music Speak: Program Music and the Character Piecep. 92
Absolute and Program Musicp. 93
Romantic Piano Music: The Character Piecep. 100
Robert Schumann and the Liedp. 109
For Further Readingp. 111
Beyond Romanticismp. 112
The Revolutions of 1848p. 113
Anti-Romanticism and Pessimismp. 114
Idealism Versus Materialismp. 116
Realismp. 119
Historicismp. 123
Nationalismp. 124
For Further Readingp. 131
Richard Wagner and Wagnerismp. 133
Wagner's Early Life and Careerp. 134
Wagner's Theories of Operatic Reformp. 136
The Wagnerian Artwork of the Futurep. 138
Wagner's Mature Operasp. 141
Wagner's Nationalism and Anti-Semitismp. 146
Wagnerismp. 149
For Further Readingp. 152
Verdi, Operetta, and Popular Appealp. 153
Giuseppe Verdip. 154
Operettap. 161
French Operap. 168
For Further Readingp. 172
Concert Culture and the "Great" Symphonyp. 174
Concert Culturep. 174
The Great Symphony in the Later Nineteenth Centuryp. 177
Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner in Viennap. 178
Concert Culture in Francep. 185
Russian Concert Culture arid Tchaikovsky's Sixth (Pathétique) Symphonyp. 190
For Further Readingp. 193
Musical Life and Identity in the United Statesp. 195
Federal Bostonp. 196
Spanish Colonial Americap. 197
New Orleans and Louis Moreau Gottschalkp. 200
Stephen Foster and American Popular Songp. 202
America at the Operap. 205
Classical Music in the Citiesp. 208
For Further Readingp. 214
The Fin de Siècle and the Emergence of Modernismp. 215
Connections and Contradictionsp. 216
Strauss, Mahler, and the Modern Worldp. 219
Italian Verismo in Operap. 226
Color and Sonority: Claude Debussyp. 232
For Further Readingp. 235
The Sound of Nineteenth-Century Musicp. 236
Pianosp. 238
Chopin at the Keyboardp. 241
The Romantic Tenorp. 242
Orchestras in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 245
Instrumental Color: The Case of the Brassp. 247
Three Works, Three Recordingsp. 250
For Further Readingp. 253
Glossaryp. A1
Endnotesp. A10
Creditsp. A18
Indexp. A19
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