German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century
Aesthetic Issues in Instrumental Music
By (author) Mary Sue Morrow
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German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century by Mary Sue Morrow
Book DescriptionMusic aesthetics in late eighteenth-century Germany has always been problematic because there was no aesthetic theory to evaluate the enormous amount of high-quality instrumental music produced by composers like Haydn and Mozart. This book derives a practical aesthetic for German instrumental music during the late eighteenth century from a previously neglected source, reviews of printed instrumental works. At a time when the theory of mimesis dominated aesthetic thought, leaving sonatas and symphonies at the very bottom of the aesthetic hierarchy, a group of reviewers were quietly setting about the task of evaluating instrumental music on its own terms. The reviews document an intersection with trends in literature and philosophy, and reveal interest in criteria like genius, the expressive power of music, and the necessity of unity, several decades earlier than has previously been supposed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521027458
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Derives a practical aesthetic for German instrumental music during the late eighteenth century, from reviews of printed instrumental works.
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