The Four Symphonies
By (author) Walter Frisch
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Brahms by Walter Frisch
Book DescriptionThis book is the definitive guide to Johannes Brahms's four symphonies. It presents an engaging and thorough treatment of the genesis, structure, reception, and performance history of these internationally admired and frequently performed works. Walter Frisch provides a sensitive analytical commentary on the symphonies as well as a consideration of their place within Brahms's oeuvre, within the symphonic repertory of his day, and within the broader musical culture of nineteenth-century Germany and Austria. Frisch also pays particular attention to the evolution of performance style since Brahms's symphonies were first heard. The book begins with an investigation of the different ideologies of the symphony in the decades leading up to Brahms's First. Brahms's early development as a composer is also examined. Frisch then devotes a detailed chapter to each of the four symphonies, including an in-depth analysis of each movement. A separate chapter treats the reception of Brahms's symphonies, and the book concludes with a history of the performances of the symphonies in the concert hall and in early recordings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300099652
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Walter Frisch
Walter Frisch is professor of music at Columbia University. He is a specialist in the music of composers from the Austro-German sphere in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has written many articles and two books on Brahms and was founding president of the American Brahms Society.
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