Early Works of Niels W. Gade: In Search of the Poetic

Early Works of Niels W. Gade: In Search of the Poetic

by Anna Harwell Harwell Celenza
     
 

Since the centennial of his death, appreciation for the music of the Danish composer Niels W. Gade (1817-1890) has been growing steadily in Europe and the United States. This in-depth study of Gade's life and music is the first in English, and describes the evolution of Gade's composition style and re-evaluates his supposed role as a nationalist composer.Previous… See more details below

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Since the centennial of his death, appreciation for the music of the Danish composer Niels W. Gade (1817-1890) has been growing steadily in Europe and the United States. This in-depth study of Gade's life and music is the first in English, and describes the evolution of Gade's composition style and re-evaluates his supposed role as a nationalist composer.Previous Gade scholarship has been confined to Germany and Denmark. Gade enjoyed a brilliant career in the 1840s at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and was one of few Danes blessed with international success. This Danish/German duality has led to two distinct views of the composer. The Danish view sees Gade as attempting to strengthen international recognition of Denmark's musical culture through the creation of a 'national tone'. German scholars, on the other hand, have stressed Gade's attachment to German Romanticism and his allegiance to figures such as Mendelssohn and Schumann. Anna Harwell Celenza offers a more complex analysis of the development of Gade's composition style and influences that helped to shape his creative identity.

Author Biography: Anna Harwell Celenza, Assistant Professor of Music, Michigan State University, USA.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754604013
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1The Formative Years (1817-38)
1Childhood and Early Musical Training3
2Emergence as a Serious Composer19
Pt. 2In Search of the Poetic (1839-42)
3Gade's Composition Diary37
4The Chamber Works (1839-40)47
5The Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 28 (1839-54)83
6Agnete and the Merman (1839-43)111
7The Concert Overtures (1840-41)123
8Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 5 (1841-42)153
Pt. 3Gade and Danish Nationalism
9Gade's National Roots179
Bibliography191
App. 1Transcription of Gade's Composition Diary199
App. 2Personalia of Danish Figures209
App. 3Transcriptions of Danish Texts225
App. 4Transcriptions of Mendelssohn's Letters to Copenhagen's Music Society237
App. 5Edition of the Rejected Second Movement of Gade's Piano Sonata, Op. 28241
Index247

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