Chamber Music: An Essential History

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University of Michigan Press, 2012 - Music - 375 pages
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Intended for the music student, the professional musician, and the music lover, Chamber Music: An Essential History covers repertoire from the Renaissance to the present, crossing genres to include string quartets, piano trios, clarinet quintets, and other groupings. Mark A. Radice gives a thorough overview and history of this long-established and beloved genre, typically performed by groups of a size to fit into spaces such as homes or churches and tending originally toward the string and wind instruments rather than percussion. Radice begins with chamber music's earliest expressions in the seventeenth century, discusses its most common elements in terms of instruments and compositional style, and then investigates how those elements play out across several centuries of composers- among them Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and Brahms- and national interpretations of chamber music. While Chamber Music: An Essential History is intended largely as a textbook, it will also find an audience as a companion volume for musicologists and fans of classical music, who may be interested in the background to a familiar and important genre.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Nature of Early Chamber Music
5
2 The Crystallization of Genres during the Golden Age of Chamber Music
24
3 Classical Chamber Music with Wind Instruments
55
4 The Chamber Music of Beethoven
62
5 The Emergence of the Wind Quintet
83
6 Schubert and Musical Aesthetics of the Early Romantic Era
90
7 Prince Louis Ferdinand and Louis Spohr
102
10 National Schools from the Time of Smetana to the MidTwentieth Century
189
Schoenberg and the AustroGerman AvantGarde
209
12 The Continuation of Tonality in the Twentieth Century
224
The Chamber Music of Dmitri Shostakovich
245
György Ligeti and Karel Husa
263
Chamber Music Masterpieces since circa 1920
274
Table of Chamber Pieces According to Ensemble Size
297
Notes
315

Mendelssohn Schumann and Brahms
114
Franck Debussy SaintSaëns Fauré and Ravel
171

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Mark A. Radice is Professor of Music History, Theory, and Composition at Ithaca College.

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