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Realism in Nineteenth-Century Music - Carl Dahlhaus

Realism in Nineteenth-Century Music

Paperback Published: 12th August 1985
ISBN: 9780521278416
Number Of Pages: 140

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The music of the nineteenth century was - and still is - thought of as a 'romantic' art, whereas the main current of the literature and fine arts of the age was 'realist' from about 1830. Yet some works are consistently described as 'realistic': Musorgsky's Boris and Bizet's Carmen are only the most frequently cited examples. Professor Dahlhaus sets out the criteria of realism, with particular reference to French and German theorists, and examines the extent to which they apply to music too. While his findings do not reverse the verdict that the music of the age was in general romantic, he demonstrates that musical realism consists in much more than imitation of natural sounds or tone-painting. The notes are revised here for the English-speaking reader.

Translator's note
Introduction
What is musical realism?
'True reality' and music
The 'descriptive' and the 'ugly'
'Bourgeois realism' and Biedermeier
Realism as rebellion
Anti-romanticism
Realism in Italian opera
Literature, history and 'history'
The 'musical novel'
Realistic melody and dramaturgical construction
The natural world and the 'folklike tone'
The dialectics of the concept of reality
Conclusion
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521278416
ISBN-10: 0521278414
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 12th August 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.17

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