By (author) Carl Dahlhaus
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Nineteenth-Century Music by Carl Dahlhaus
Book DescriptionThis magnificent survey of the most popular period in music history is an extended essay embracing music, aesthetics, social history, and politics, by one of the keenest minds writing on music in the world today. Dahlhaus organizes his book around 'watershed' years - for example, 1830, the year of the July Revolution in France, and around which coalesce the 'demise of the age of art' proclaimed by Heine, the musical consequences of the deaths of Beethoven and Schubert, the simultaneous and dramatic appearance of Chopin and Liszt, Berlioz and Meyerbeer, and Schumann and Mendelssohn. But he keeps us constantly on guard against generalization and cliche. Cherished concepts like Romanticism, tradition, nationalism vs. universality, the musical culture of the bourgeoisie, are put to pointed re-evaluation. Always demonstrating the interest in socio-historical influences that is the hallmark of his work, Dahlhaus reminds us of the contradictions, interrelationships, psychological nuances, and riches of musical character and musical life. "Nineteenth-Century Music" contains 90 illustrations, the collected captions of which come close to providing a summary of the work and the author's methods. Technical language is kept to a minimum, but while remaining accessible, Dahlhaus challenges, braces, and excites. This is a landmark study that no one seriously interested in music and nineteenth-century European culture will be able to ignore.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520076440
(251mm x 178mm x 31mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Carl Dahlhaus
Ludwig van Beethoven, Paperback (November 1993)
The late Carl Dahlhaus combines interpretations of individual works and excursions into the musical aesthetics of the period around 1800 in order to reconstruct Beethoven's 'musical thinking' from the evidence in the works themselves and their context in the history of ideas.
Richard Wagner's Music Dramas, Paperback (March 1992)
The book will be of interest to students and scholars of music history, theory, opera and philosophy.
Idea of Absolute Music, Paperback (June 1991)» View all books by Carl Dahlhaus
Dahlhaus examines a single music-aesthetical idea from various historical and philosophical viewpoints.
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Author Biography - Carl Dahlhaus
Carl Dahlhaus was, at the time of his death in 1989, Professor of Music at Technische Universitat Berlin.
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