A History of the Symphony

Why another book on the history of the symphony? Over the past 35 years this question has perennially accompanied my teaching of a course on this subject at Manhattan School of Music, where every year I struggle unsuccessfully with the ...

Author: Jeffrey Langford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351125222

Category: Music

Page: 296

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A History of the Symphony: The Grand Genre identifies the underlying cultural factors that have shaped the symphony over the past three hundred years, presenting a unified view of the entire history of the genre. The text goes beyond discussions of individual composers and the stylistic evolution of the genre to address what constitutes a symphony within each historical period, describing how such works fit into the lives of composers and audiences of the time, recognizing that they do not exist in a vacuum but rather as the products of numerous external forces spurring their creation. In three parts, the text proceeds chronologically, drawing connections between musical examples across regions and eras: The Classical Symphony The Romantic Symphony The Symphony in the Modern Era Within this broad chronology—from the earliest Italian symphonies of the 18th century to the most experimental works of the 20th century—discussion of the development of the genre often breaks down along national lines that outline divergent but parallel paths of stylistic growth. In consideration of what is and is not a symphony, musical developments in other genres are presented as they relate to the symphony, genres such as the serenade, the tone poem, and the concert overture. Suitable for a one-semester course as well as a full-year syllabus, and with illustrative musical examples throughout, A History of the Symphony places composers and works in sociological and musical contexts while confronting the fundamental question: What is a symphony?
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A History of the Symphony

" Beginning with a survey of the antecedents of this genre that lie in the Baroque period, A History of the Symphony proceeds chronologically from the earliest Italian symphonies of c. 1730 to the most experimental works of the late 20th ...

Author: Jeffrey Alan Langford

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ISBN: 0815357052

Category: Symphony

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"A History of the Symphony: The Grand Genre seeks to identify the underlying philosophical and sociological purposes from which the symphony has been directed over the past two hundred years. It goes beyond the discussion of individual composers and the stylistic evolution of the symphony in the abstract, to address important overarching questions of what actually constitutes a "symphony" in each historical period. It describes how such works fit into the lives of composers and audiences of the time. Further, it draws connections between symphonic examples from different countries and historical periods in an attempt to determine whether there is an historically consistent concept of a "symphonic principle." Beginning with a survey of the antecedents of this genre that lie in the Baroque period, A History of the Symphony proceeds chronologically from the earliest Italian symphonies of c. 1730 to the most experimental works of the late 20th century. Within this broad chronology, discussion of the development of the symphony will frequently break down along national lines that outline divergent but parallel paths of stylistic growth. The repertoire covered will consist mainly of works by European and American composers-works that they themselves have titled "symphony." But in the process of trying to decide what is and what is not a symphony, it brings related musical developments in other genres to bear on the narrative of this genre, for example, the serenade, the tone poem, and the concert overture wherever appropriate. Each chapter will include several musical examples that illustrate specific themes in the work under discussion. At the end of each chapter is a short list of suggestions for further reading drawn from some of the more specialized histories of the symphony, as well as a list of suggested recordings"--
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The Birth of the Orchestra History of an Institution 1650 1815

History of an Institution, 1650-1815 Music History and Literature San Francisco Conservatory of Music John Spitzer ... THE HISTORY OF ORCHESTRATION The story of the orchestra as a history of instruments is often combined with the story ...

Author: Music History and Literature San Francisco Conservatory of Music John Spitzer Chair

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199719918

Category: Music

Page: 670

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This is the story of the orchestra, from 16th-century string bands to the "classical" orchestra of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Spitzer and Zaslaw document orchestral organization, instrumentation, social roles, repertories, and performance practices in Europe and the American colonies, concluding around 1800 with the widespread awareness of the orchestra as a central institution in European life.
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A History of the Trombone

It soon changed its tactics, and by 1840 it was so successful as a concert orchestra that it virtually dis solved its chorus. ... Aside from the lack of a third trombone, it had complete in! strumentation for a symphony orchestra, ...

Author: David M. Guion

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461655909

Category: Music

Page: 268

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A History of the Trombone, the first title in the new series American Wind Band, is a comprehensive account of the development of the trombone from its initial form as a 14th-century Medieval trumpet to its alterations in the 15th century; from its marginalized use in a particular Renaissance ensemble to its acceptance in various kinds of artistic and popular music in the 19th and 20th centuries. David M. Guion accesses new and important primary source materials to present the full sweep of the instrument's history, placing particular emphasis on the people who played the instrument, the music they performed, and the relevant cultural contexts. After a general overview, the material is presented in two main sections: the first traces the development of the trombone itself and examines the literature written about it, and the second investigates the history of performance on the instrument—the ensembles it participated in, the occasions in which it took part, the people who played it, and the social, intellectual, political, economic, and technological forces that impinged on that history. Guion analyzes the trombone's place in countries all over the world and in many styles of music, such as art, opera, popular, and world music. An appendix of transcriptions of selected primary source documents, including translations, and a comprehensive bibliography round out this important reference. Fully illustrated with more than 80 images, A History of the Trombone appeals not just to trombonists but to students, scholars, and fans of all musical instruments.
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Analytical and Historical Programme

SYMPHONY in A , “ Scotch " " Mendelssohn . Introduction and Allegro agitato . Scherzo assai vivace . Adagio cantabile . Allegro guerriero and Finale maestoso . a This noble work , together with the “ Hebrides ” Overture and the Fantasia ...

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ISBN: NYPL:33433082188628

Category: Concerts

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The Orchestra

Author: Henry Raynor

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons

ISBN: STANFORD:36105042344890

Category: Instrumental music

Page: 207

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Two Centuries of British Symphonism

... Symphony (1896-99), after having been premièred by Bantock at one of his New Brighton concerts in 1899 and subsequently performed in Bournemouth, went unperformed for nearly a hundred years, although 'in the history of the symphony ...

Author: Jürgen Schaarwächter

Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag

ISBN: 9783487152271

Category: Music

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Die britische Sinfonik ist erst in jüngster Zeit ins allgemeine Interesse gerückt. Ein Überblick über die sinfonische Entwicklung im Vereinigten Königreich seit den Anfängen im 18. Jahrhundert bis ins 20. Jahrhundert blieb aber bis heute ein Desideratum. Der hier vorgelegte Überblick zeigt, wie sich die Identität einer britischen Sinfonik über mehr als hundert Jahre entwickelte, geprägt durch Einflüsse vom europäischen Kontinent und von dem Bedürfnis, eigene Wege zu finden. Gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts nahm das sinfonische Schaffen in Großbritannien stark zu, brachte jedoch erst mit Edward Elgar einen prominenten Vertreter von internationalem Rang hervor. Ein besonderer Schwerpunkt dieser Publikation liegt auf jenen Werken, die zu einem gewissen Grade von anderen überschattet wurden, unveröffentlicht oder unaufgeführt blieben. Das Ergebnis ist das Bild einer vielgestaltigen sinfonischen Landschaft Großbritanniens, das die ästhetischen Perspektiven der einzelnen Komponisten wie auch ihre soziokulturellen Kontexte erhellt. Ein umfangreiches Verzeichnis aller bekannten Werke und eine ausführliche Bibliographie laden zu weiterer Erkundung des Sujets ein. Only in relatively recent times has any real attention been given to British symphonies. So a comprehensive survey, showing what exists and how the situation in the United Kingdom developed, from the beginnings in the 18th century until well into the 20th century, is long overdue. The preliminary survey presented here shows how a British symphonic identity gradually took shape over more than a century, through influences from abroad and, at home, enterprising attempts to find new ways of expression. By the end of the 19th century, British symphonists had produced an impressive body of work, yet only with the appearance of Elgar’s two symphonies in the following decade did this flourishing school find a champion of international renown. In this publication, light is shone on those works that have to some extent been overshadowed, as well as on those that have remained unpublished or unperformed. The result is a multi-faceted panorama of British symphonism, offering many insights into the composers’ thinking and their socio-cultural contexts. A comprehensive catalogue of all known works and an extensive bibliography invite readers to delve further into the subject.
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