The Great Transformation of Musical Taste: Concert Programming from Haydn to Brahms

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Grounded in knowledge of thousands of programs, this book examines how musical life in London, Leipzig, Vienna, Boston, and other cities underwent a fundamental transformation in relationship with movements in European politics. William Weber traces how musical taste evolved in European concert programs from 1750 to 1870, as separate worlds arose around classical music and popular songs. In 1780 a typical program accommodated a variety of tastes through a patterned 'miscellany' of genres, held together by diplomatic musicians. This framework began weakening around 1800 as new kinds of music appeared, from string quartets to quadrilles to ballads, which could not easily coexist on the same programs. Utopian ideas and extravagant experiments influenced programming as ideological battles were fought over who should govern musical taste. More than a hundred illustrations or transcriptions of programs enable readers to follow Weber's analysis in detail.

Table of Contents

Illustrations of concert programsp. ix
Transcriptions of concert programsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Miscellany and Collegiality, 1750-1800
Concepts and contextsp. 13
Variations on miscellanyp. 40
Crisis and Experiment, 1800-1848
Musical idealism and the crisis of the old orderp. 85
The rise of the chamber music concertp. 122
Convention and experiment in benefit and virtuoso concertsp. 141
Toward classical repertory in orchestral concertsp. 169
Promenade concerts: rise of the "pops"p. 208
Founding a New Order, 1848-1875
Classical music achieves hegemonyp. 235
Vocal music for the general publicp. 273
Epilogue: the state of the musical community in 1914p. 301
Selected bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 321
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