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Great Transformation of Musical Taste Concert Programming from Haydn to Brahms

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ISBN-10: 0521882605

ISBN-13: 9780521882606

Edition: 2008

Authors: William Weber

List price: $109.99
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Grounded in knowledge of thousands of programs, this book examines how musical life in London, Leipzig, Vienna, Boston, and other cities underwent a fundamental transformation in relationship with movements in European politics. William Weber traces how musical taste evolved in European concert programs from 1750 to 1870, as separate worlds arose around classical music and popular songs. In 1780 a typical program accommodated a variety of tastes through a patterned miscellany of genres, held together by diplomatic musicians. This framework began weakening around 1800 as new kinds of music appeared, from string quartets to quadrilles to ballads, which could not easily coexist on the same…    
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Book details

List price: $109.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 356
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

William Weber is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach.

Illustrations of concert programs
Transcriptions of concert programs
Miscellany and Collegiality, 1750-1800
Concepts and contexts
Variations on miscellany
Crisis and Experiment, 1800-1848
Musical idealism and the crisis of the old order
The rise of the chamber music concert
Convention and experiment in benefit and virtuoso concerts
Toward classical repertory in orchestral concerts
Promenade concerts: rise of the "pops"
Founding a New Order, 1848-1875
Classical music achieves hegemony
Vocal music for the general public
Epilogue: the state of the musical community in 1914
Selected bibliography