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Mozart : The 'Jupiter' Symphony - Elaine R. Sisman


The 'Jupiter' Symphony

Paperback Published: 29th November 1993
ISBN: 9780521409247
Number Of Pages: 132

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This guide to Mozart's last and most celebrated symphony explores the historical background and aesthetic context of the work as well as the music itself. The early chapters examine the expectations of the symphony in Mozart's Vienna, Mozart's career in 1788 - the year of the three last symphonies - and the changing reception of the 'Jupiter' over the subsequent two hundred years. A separate chapter is then devoted to each movement of the symphony with musical discussion illuminated by a broad array of topics. Finally, a lucid exposition of rhetoric reveals the connections between elevated and learned styles and the sublime, enabling the reader to grasp the effect Mozart's music had upon his contemporaries.

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"...it is a delight to find such a text immediately setting about debunking the kind of canonical valorization which is our critical heritage since the Back Revival. No mere collection of empirical data here, however, as Sisman links audience rowdiness and aestheic attitudes with unproblematic ease; a critical turn which should be less alien to more writers." Steve Sweeney-Turner, The Musical Times

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The symphony in Mozart's Viennap. 1
Grand style and sublime in eighteenth-century aestheticsp. 9
The composition and reception of the "Jupiter" symphonyp. 21
Design: four movement-plansp. 37
Culture and expectation: Allegro vivacep. 46
Structure and expression: Andante cantabilep. 55
Phrase rhythm: Menuetto, Allegrettop. 63
The rhetoric of the learned style: Finale, Molto allegrop. 68
Appendix: A. Oulibicheff, "The 'Jupiter' Symphony of Mozart" (1843)p. 80
Notesp. 86
Select bibliographyp. 102
Indexp. 106
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ISBN: 9780521409247
ISBN-10: 0521409241
Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 29th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.57 x 13.87  x 0.97
Weight (kg): 0.19

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