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Haydn and His World
Author: Elaine R. Sisman

ISBN: 9780691057996
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 325
Published: 17 July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8
Description:


Joseph Haydn's symphonies and string quartets are staples of the concert repertory, yet many aspects of this founding genius of the Viennese Classical style are only beginning to be explored. From local Kapellmeister to international icon, Haydn achieved success by developing a musical language aimed at both the connoisseurs and amateurs of the emerging musical public. In this volume, the first collection of essays in English devoted to this composer, a group of leading musicologists examines Haydn's works in relation to the aesthetic and cultural crosscurrents of his time.

"Haydn and His World" opens with an examination of the contexts of the composer's late oratorios: James Webster connects the "Creation" with the sublime--the eighteenth-century term for artistic experience of overwhelming power--and Leon Botstein explores the reception of Haydn's "Seasons" in terms of the changing views of programmatic music in the nineteenth century. Essays on Haydn's instrumental music include Mary Hunter on London chamber music as models of private and public performance, fortepianist Tom Beghin on rhetorical aspects of the Piano Sonata i...

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