792 pages, 9.33 × 6.3 × 2.44 in
October 17, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0810872307
ISBN - 13: 9780810872301
From the Publisher
This Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music provides detailed and authoritative articles for the most important composers, concepts, genres, music educators, performers, theorists, writings, and works of cultivated music in Europe and the Americas during the period 1789-1914. The roster of biographical entries includes not only canonical composers such as Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Fauré, Grieg, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Rossini, Schubert, Robert Schumann, Sibelius, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Wagner, and Wolf, but also less-well-known distinguished contemporaries of those composers (among them George Whitefield Chadwick, Cécile Chaminade, Ernesto Elorduy, Chiquinha Gonzaga, Fanny Hensel, C. H. Parry, and Clara Schumann, to name but a few). Significant literary and cultural topics such as Goethe's Faust and Wagner's theoretical writings of the 1850s, as well as entries on other cultural luminaries who significantly influenced music's Romanticisms - among them J. S. Bach, Goethe, Haydn, Handel, Heine, Mozart, Schiller, and Shakespeare - are also included. Entries on important institutions (conservatory, orphéon, Männerchor), concepts (biographical fallacy, copyright, exoticism, feminism, nationalism, performance practice), and political caesurae and movements (First and Second French Empire, First, Second, and Third French Republic, Franco-Prussian War, Revolutions of 1848, Risorgimento) round out the dictionary section.
Like other volumes in this series, this book's more than 500 entries are preceded by an introductory essay that explains the essential concepts necessary for understanding and exploring further the vast and complex musical landscape of Romanticism, plus a detailed Chronology. Concluding the volume is an extensive bibliography that lists the most important source-critical series of editions of Romantic music, important general writings on the period and its music, and composer-by-composer bibliographies.
About the Author
John Michael Cooper is Professor of Music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts at Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas). He has published articles on topics ranging from seventeenth-century performance practice to early twentieth-century aesthetics, as well as numerous editions with A-R Editions, Carus-Verlag, and Bärenreiter Urtext. His previous three books - all centering on the Mendelssohns - have been published by Routledge, Oxford University Press, and the University of Rochester Press.
Randy Kinnett has a doctorate in musicology and also focuses considerably on the Romantic period, with a particular interest in reception history.
Beginning in the late eighteenth century and lasting well into the 1850s, Romanticism as a philosophical and artistic movement embraced the awakening of modernism while at the same time reinterpreting the classical tradition that came before it. Many of the composers and musicians we associate with the nineteenth century find their roots in romanticism. This work, by a professor of music noted for his work in the artistic period, has a lengthy introduction discussing the roots, changes, and influences on the future that Romanticism brought to the world. The major portion of the work is an alphabetically arranged listing of composers and musicians, instrument makers, patrons and publishers, specific works and significant events associated with Romanticism. Each entry is from a half-page to one and one-half pages in length. In the case of individuals birth and death dates are given where known. Each entry discusses the importance to the Romantic idea with bold typeface referencing other topics in the dictionary. An extensive bibliography for further reading and research completes the volume. . . .This volume will find ready use in music and music history collections. Well bound in hardcover format and with its easy to use alphabetic format, the work should stand up to years of use in the library setting. Any library with collecting interests in the music, arts, philosophy, or the history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries will find this a useful addition.