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Mendelssohn's posthumously published Symphony in A Major has become one of the staples of the nineteenth-century symphonic canon, and is often considered emblematic of Mendelssohn's stylistic strengths and weaknesses - yet the version by which the work has always been known is the first complete version (1833), which was rejected by the composer and rewritten by him the following year. This study documents the Symphony's complicated genesis, examines the reception history of that version, and explores the far-reaching changes incorporated in the 1834 reworking. The book concludes with chapters about the validity and implications of the traditional 'Italian' epithet and the ways in which the music of the two principal versions can shape our understanding of Mendelssohn, his music, and his significance as a cultural figure in the musical culture of the nineteenth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198166535
ISBN-10: 0198166532
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of North Texas. He has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Assistant Professor of Music History at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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