Dr. Blume places Classic and Romantic music in their historical contexts, traces their development and relationship, and their thematic development.
The author, professor at Kiel University, Germany, author of Renaissance and Baroque Music: A Comprehensive Survey (1966), presents an interesting approach to Classicism and Romanticism as "just two aspects of the same musical phenomenon and of one and the same historical period." This period reaches from Domenico Scarlatti, C. P. E. Bach, etc. to the first decades of the 20th Century. The two faces: the Classic was to be convincing, exemplary, and to endure, while the Romantic, more aware of content than form or "thinking enjoyment" (Goethe), was to proclaim man's inner nature, "to express the inexpressible." Dr. Blume places the Classic and Romantic in historical context, traces their development and relationship, goes on to the details of variation and characteristic use of rhythm, meter, tempo, harmony and tonality, theme and thematic development. The sound of the classic orchestra, the rise of the public concert in the 19th Century (and here one feels the pull of linear musical history) are among his interests. Thorough-going, this is for the amateur beyond dilettantism, and for the serious student of music. (Kirkus Reviews)