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Reclaiming late-romantic music : singing devils and distant sounds

Author: Peter Franklin
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
Series: Ernest Bloch lectures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are some of the most beloved and frequently performed works of the late-romantic period--Mahler, Delius, Debussy, Sibelius, Puccini--regarded by many critics as perhaps not quite of the first rank? Why has modernist discourse continued to brand these works as overly sentimental and emotionally self-indulgent? Peter Franklin takes a close and even-handed look at how and why late-romantic symphonies and operas  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version:
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Franklin
ISBN: 9780520280397 0520280393
OCLC Number: 855362768
Description: xvii, 197 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Setting the scene : grandiose symphonics and the trouble with art --
Pessimism, ecstasy and distant voices : listening to late-romanticism --
Sunsets, sunrises and decadent oceanics --
Making the world weep (problems with opera) --
Late-romanticism meets classical music at the movies --
The bitter truth of modernism : a late-romantic story.
Series Title: Ernest Bloch lectures.
Responsibility: Peter Franklin.

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Why are some of the most beloved and frequently performed works of the late-romantic period--Mahler, Delius, Debussy, Sibelius, Puccini--regarded by many critics as perhaps not quite of the first rank? Why has modernist discourse continued to brand these works as overly sentimental and emotionally self-indulgent? Peter Franklin takes a close and even-handed look at how and why late-romantic symphonies and operas steered a complex course between modernism and mass culture in the period leading up to the Second World War. The style's continuing popularity and its domination of the film music idiom (via work by composers such as Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and their successors) bring late-romantic music to thousands of listeners who have never set foot in a concert hall. Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music sheds new light on these often unfairly disparaged works and explores the historical dimension of their continuing role in the contemporary sound world [Publisher description].

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"A valuable new perspective to late-romantic repertoire ... a 'must read.' " -- Erinn Knyt Notes "Franklin unravels the tangle of snobbery that has labeled Mahler a peddler of derivative kitsch and Read more...

 
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