German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century: Aesthetic Issues in Instrumental Music

German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century: 052158227X: pdf

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  • Full Title: German Music Criticism in the Late Eighteenth Century: Aesthetic Issues in Instrumental Music
  • Autor: Mary Sue Morrow
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: September 28, 1997
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052158227X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521582278
  • Download File Format | Size: pdf | 5.84 MB

 

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Music aesthetics in late-eighteenth-century Germany has always been problematic because there was no aesthetic theory to evaluate the enormous amount of high-quality instrumental music produced by composers such as Haydn and Mozart. This book derives a practical aesthetic theory from an analysis of 1,300 reviews of instrumental music published in Germany between 1760 and 1798. The reviews document an intersection with trends in literature and philosophy, and reveal interest in criteria such as genius, the expressive power of music, and the necessity of unity, several decades earlier than has previously been supposed.
 

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“This book is a significant contribution to the continuing efforts by historians of eighteenth-century music to gain control over the profusion of writings about music that appeared in print during the latter part of the century.” Jane R. Stevens, Notes

Book Description

Music aesthetics in late eighteenth-century Germany has always been problematic because there was no aesthetic theory to evaluate the enormous amount of high-quality instrumental music produced by composers like Haydn and Mozart. This book derives a practical aesthetic theory from an analysis of 1300 reviews of instrumental music published in Germany between 1760 and 1798.The reviews document an intersection with trends in literature and philosophy, and reveal interest in criteria like genius, the expressive power of music, and the necessity of unity, several decades earlier than has previously been supposed.

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