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Classical music : the era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven

Author: Philip G Downs
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1992.
Series: Norton introduction to music history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The latest volume in the Norton Introduction to Music History series focuses on the rise and decline of the Classical style, which flourished from the middle of the eighteenth century to the second decade of the nineteenth. The author demonstrates the enormous diversity and constant change that characterized music and musical life during this period. Downs eschews the usual stylistic labels, such as Rococo and High  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Joseph Haydn; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ludwig van Beethoven; Joseph Haydn; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ludwig van Beethoven; Ludwig van Beethoven; Joseph Haydn; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Joseph Haydn; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ludwig van Beethoven
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip G Downs
ISBN: 039395191X 9780393951912
OCLC Number: 25317243
Description: xvi, 697 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The transition from Baroque: music to 1760. The background to eighteenth-century thought --
The musician in society --
Music for private performance --
Music for public performance --
Words and music on the stage --
Embracing the new style: music 1760-80. The social and philosophical milieu --
The musician's livelihood --
Music in the home --
Concert and church music --
Opera --
Haydn, the developing master. The early years: 1732-60 --
The first Esterházy years: to 1770 --
The great stylistic break: 1770-79 --
Mozart, genius apparent. The wunderkind years: 1756-73 --
Early style --
The "Colloredo" years: 1773-81 --
The high Salzburg style --
The classical style at its apogee: 1780-1800. Years of revolution and change --
The changing status of the musician --
Solo and chamber music --
The preeminence of the symphony and the concerto --
The various faces of musical theater --
Haydn, the acknowledge master. The last years at Esterháza: 1780-90 --
Freedom at last --
Mozart, genius achieved. The last ten years: 1781-91 --
The great works of the final decade --
Beethoven: 1770-1827. The giant astride the centuries --
The entire oeuvre --
The eighteenth-century heritage at work in the early nineteenth century. Post-revolutionary changes in society and the arts --
The business and the institution of music --
Chamber music in the concert hall --
The loss of intimacy: performance triumphant.
Series Title: Norton introduction to music history.
Responsibility: Philip G Downs.

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In this, the fourth volume in the Norton Introduction to Music History series, Philip Downs traces the rise and decline of the "Classical" style from the birth of Haydn (1732) to the death of  Read more...

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