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Realism in Nineteenth Century Music

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ISBN-10: 0521278414

ISBN-13: 9780521278416

Edition: 1985

Authors: Carl Dahlhaus, Mary Whittall

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/13/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.86" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Translator's note
What is musical realism?
'True reality' and music
The 'descriptive' and the 'ugly'
'Bourgeois realism' and Biedermeier
Realism as rebellion
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