Brahms and the Challenge of the Symphony

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The first three chapters examine the roots of Brahms's obsession with the symphony and consider the difficulties the genre presented to him. Subsequent chapters elaborate an aesthetic justification for Brahms's musical "borrowings," detail the ways in which his variational technique is deployed in a symphonic context seemingly at odds with that technique, and discuss organic unity in the context of German nationalism and musical meaning. The final chapter considers the reception of Brahms's symphonies and the difficulties they presented to later composers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945193906
  • Publisher: Pendragon Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Pendragon Press Musicological Series
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The History of an Obsession: "Neue Bahnen" and Its Legacy 1
Ch. 2 The Symphonic Challenge 29
Ch. 3 The Problem of Orchestration 61
Ch. 4 Allusive Webs, Generic Resonance, and the Synthesis of Traditions 81
Ch. 5 Patterned Variation and Ostinato 143
Ch. 6 The Quest for Unity 195
Ch. 7 On the Significance of Brahms's Symphonies 301
App Pre-Publication Chronologies of the Four Symphonies 321
Works Cited 329
Index 343
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