A Guide to the Concerto

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Robert Layton
Oxford University Press, 1988 - Music - 384 pages
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A Guide to the Concerto offers a fascinating survey of the growth and development of the concerto form from its origins in the seventeenth century to the present day. Written by a team of internationally renowned scholars and critics under the editorship of Robert Layton, it will prove invaluable to all who wish to understand more about this perennially popular form and expand their knowledge of the concerto repertoire.
Throughout, original and penetrating analyses that avoid technical jargon are illuminated by over 130 music examples. Among the many contributors are Dr. Robert Simpson, who discusses Beethoven's concertos with characteristic insight; H.C. Robbins Landon, foremost scholar of the Viennese classical period; David Brown, world authority on nineteenth-century Russian music; Michael Kennedy, author of acclaimed studies on Elgar and Britten, and Peter Dickinson, composer and leading writer on American music. Robert Layton himself provides an introduction and discography with hundreds of recommended recordings, and writes perceptively on the concerto in Scandinavia and the modern Russian concerto.
Informative and accessible, A Guide to the Concerto will both illuminate and stimulate. No serious music lover should be without it.

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Contents

The Baroque Concerto
1
The PreClassical Concerto and the Concerto Parallel to Mozart
57
Mozart and the Concerto
75
Beethoven and the Concerto
102
The Concerto after Beethoven
131
The Concerto in PreRevolutionary Russia
177
Russia after 1917
203
The Concerto in France
220
The Concerto in the Nordic Lands
246
The Concerto in Modern Times
261
The American Concerto
305
The Concerto in Britain
326
Bibliography
350
Index
378

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About the author (1988)


Robert Layton has been a critic for The Gramophone for thirty years and is editor of A Guide to the Symphony and co-author with Ivan March and Edward Greenfield of the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs, Cassettes, and LPs.

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