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The Age of Mozart and Beethoven : Storia de La Musica Series - Giorgio Pestelli

The Age of Mozart and Beethoven

Storia de La Musica Series

By: Giorgio Pestelli, Eric Cross (Translator)

Paperback Published: 30th April 1984
ISBN: 9780521284790
Number Of Pages: 336

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Giorgio Pestelli examines one of the crucial periods of musical history, the transition from the middle of the eighteenth century to the era of Beethoven. This was a time of great cultural, technical and social changes. The free professional composer, in direct contact with the wide musical public, replaced the dependent court musician. Instrumental music became the centre of new developments, and sonata form, the cornerstone of nineteenth-century musical architecture, dominated its language. With the decrease in private patronage came the birth of the public concert; there was a vast increase in music publishing, and important developments were made in instrumental techniques, the dominant feature being the rise of the piano. Standing out from this common background are three major figures: Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, whose specific characteristics are discussed in detail, along with their links with many other musicians. Dr Pestelli also emphasizes general lines of development: the galant style, the passion for antiquity and the curiosity for the exotic, the debate over 'literary' opera, the Sturm and Drang movement, the influence of the French Revolution and the Restoration, and the origins of romanticism. The importance of the book is that the music is viewed against the background of social, political, philosophical and cultural trends of the time, rather than relying on detailed analyses of specific works.

The series Storia della Musica is published in twelve volumes under the auspices of the Societa Italiana di Musicologia. The original Italian edition is designed to remedy the dearth of a satisfactory comprehensive history of music in Italian, but the many fresh insights itcontains make it of interest and significance to a far wider readership. The four volumes to be published in translation by Cambridge University Press are made available for the first time to the English-speaking student. Each discusses the music and musicians of a separa

"In every respect it is a brilliant achievement." Times Literary Supplement "...Pestelli has managed to bring ideas back into our picture of the classical period without falling into distortion or oversimplification...admirable..." Atlantic Monthly

Author's notep. viii
Translator's notep. x
Instrumental Music
The geography of music in the middle of the eighteenth centuryp. 1
The galant style and the new sensibilityp. 6
Sonata form as a basic formp. 12
The Italian harpsichordistsp. 18
C. P. E. Bach and the German harpsichordistsp. 22
Schobert in Parisp. 27
Sammartini, Stamitz and the origins of the modern symphonyp. 29
Johann Christian Bach: London and his meeting with Mozartp. 37
Vocal Music
Opera seria and opera buffap. 41
The European success of Italian comic operap. 45
The rediscovery of classical antiquityp. 49
The discovery of the fabulous Eastp. 52
The 'literary' operap. 56
Music and language; the melodramap. 59
Opera seria in the second half of the eighteenth centuryp. 64
Gluck in Viennap. 71
Gluck in Parisp. 77
Gluck's influencep. 79
Italian comic opera in the second half of the eighteenth centuryp. 86
Other national forms of comic operap. 93
Sacred musicp. 96
Haydn and Mozart
Sturm und Drang and musicp. 101
The peak of sonata formp. 105
Franz Joseph Haydnp. 111
A model lifep. 112
Half a century of musicp. 117
Other paths of the sonata style; Dittersdorf and Boccherinip. 127
Mozartp. 136
A variety of stylesp. 136
Mozart's journeysp. 138
An independent professionp. 142
The music up to the departure from Salzburgp. 148
The Viennese decadep. 153
The transformation in musical life at the end of the eighteenth centuryp. 167
Music and the French Revolutionp. 175
The origins of romanticismp. 181
Musical theatre in Europe up to Rossini. French opera; Cherubini, Spontini and Mayrp. 185
The new instrumental schoolsp. 202
Beethovenp. 217
Beethoven's characterp. 218
Beethoven's languagep. 225
The music up to the French invasion of Vienna (1809)p. 231
Beethoven and early romanticismp. 240
The late worksp. 244
New paths in the age of the Restorationp. 253
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bachp. 261
Jean-Jacques Rousseaup. 264
The orchestra at Mannheimp. 266
Francesco Algarottip. 268
In praise of Metastasiop. 271
Christoph Willibald Gluckp. 274
A description of sonata formp. 275
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartp. 278
A hymn for 14 Julyp. 281
Ludwig van Beethovenp. 282
Ernst Theodor Amadeus (Wilhelm) Hoffmannp. 287
Notesp. 293
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 312
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ISBN: 9780521284790
ISBN-10: 0521284791
Series: Storia de La Musica Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th April 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41