The Symphony: A Listener's Guide

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - Music - 678 pages
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Enriched by biographical detail, historical background, musical examples, and many finely nuanced observations, this volume is a treasury of insight and information. Readers will find illuminating discussion of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Sibelius, and Mahler, as well as of the most loved symphonic works of Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and others. We learn how to listen more sharply for Haydn's humor, to Mozart's singular combination of pathos with grace, and to the evolution of Beethoven's musical ideas in his nine symphonies. This remarkable range and variety of composers are illuminated by Steinberg's deft, inviting, and intensely personal essays, which give such a vivid portrait of each composer's personality that the reader gets an immediate sense of how the work is a direct expression of the person from whose soul and brain it has sprung.
Tracing the ways in which composers have dealt with the musical challenges that have engaged them throughout the centuries, Steinberg takes us through the revolutions of expression, sound, and form that have shaped the symphony's remarkable history. Whether beginners or veterans, music lovers will listen to the symphony with enlivened interest and deeper understanding with Steinberg's masterful guide in hand.
  

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Critic, lecturer, and program annotator Steinberg describes 36 composers and, movement by movement, 118 symphonies, including all the standard repertory regularly programmed by North American ... Read full review

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This is a fantastic resource!
It would be helpful to retrieve a copy of the score of the symphony for which you are studying.

Contents

I
5
II
7
III
11
IV
19
V
24
VI
33
VII
38
VIII
44
LXI
322
LXII
332
LXIII
349
LXIV
354
LXV
370
LXVI
378
LXVII
382
LXVIII
385

IX
47
X
67
XI
75
XII
80
XIII
86
XIV
98
XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
122
XX
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XXI
136
XXII
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XXIII
144
XXIV
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XXV
158
XXVI
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XXVII
169
XXVIII
178
XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXV
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XXXVI
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XXXVII
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XXXVIII
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XXXIX
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XL
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XLI
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XLII
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XLIII
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XLIV
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XLV
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XLVI
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XLVII
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XLVIII
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XLIX
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L
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LI
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LII
260
LIII
263
LIV
268
LV
279
LVI
285
LVII
292
LVIII
301
LIX
306
LX
312
LXIX
388
LXX
391
LXXI
395
LXXII
397
LXXIII
401
LXXIV
407
LXXV
410
LXXVI
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LXXVII
420
LXXVIII
422
LXXIX
429
LXXX
433
LXXXI
438
LXXXII
444
LXXXIII
449
LXXXIV
455
LXXXV
463
LXXXVI
475
LXXXVII
483
LXXXVIII
496
LXXXIX
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XC
505
XCI
510
XCII
515
XCIII
518
XCIV
524
XCV
528
XCVI
539
XCVII
541
XCVIII
546
XCIX
550
C
558
CI
563
CII
569
CIII
574
CIV
580
CV
586
CVI
590
CVII
598
CVIII
601
CIX
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CX
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CXI
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CXII
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CXIII
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CXIV
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CXV
649
CXVI
657
CXVII
662
CXVIII
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CXIX
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Michael Steinberg is the program annotator of the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic and earlier served the Boston Symphony in the same capacity. He has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory, has lectured and taught widely in America and Europe, and was the music critic for The Boston Globe for twelve years.

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