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The First Golden Age of the Viennese Symphony Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert (volume2)

by A. Peter Brown

  • ISBN: 9780253334879
  • ISBN10: 025333487X

The First Golden Age of the Viennese Symphony Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert (volume2)

by A. Peter Brown

  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 07/01/2002
  • ISBN: 9780253334879
  • ISBN10: 025333487X
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Description: Though this massive tome may look quite formidable, it proves to be a remarkably smooth read for anyone who already knows much of the literature being addressed. Brown (Indiana Univ. School of Music) covers every symphony composed by the four giants of the First Viennese School, and from a wide variety of perspectives: historical context, structural architecture, nuances of orchestration, critical editions, public response, and reception. The result is a treasure trove of information, scholarly and thorough without being pedantic or boring. The reader most likely to derive maximum pleasure from the book will come armed with scores, recordings, and (of course) prior experience with the works in question. Such a reader will be delighted by the insights Brown provides. Though this is the second volume of a projected five-volume series on the history of the symphony, it is the first to appear in print. If the succeeding volumes are up to the level of this one, music lovers have a great treat in store. Definitely not for beginners. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.--E. Schwartz, Bowdoin College, 2003apr CHOICE
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