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

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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: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Formative Years (1817-38)
1 Childhood and Early Musical Training 3
2 Emergence as a Serious Composer 19
Pt. 2 In Search of the Poetic (1839-42)
3 Gade's Composition Diary 37
4 The Chamber Works (1839-40) 47
5 The Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 28 (1839-54) 83
6 Agnete and the Merman (1839-43) 111
7 The Concert Overtures (1840-41) 123
8 Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 5 (1841-42) 153
Pt. 3 Gade and Danish Nationalism
9 Gade's National Roots 179
Bibliography 191
App. 1 Transcription of Gade's Composition Diary 199
App. 2 Personalia of Danish Figures 209
App. 3 Transcriptions of Danish Texts 225
App. 4 Transcriptions of Mendelssohn's Letters to Copenhagen's Music Society 237
App. 5 Edition of the Rejected Second Movement of Gade's Piano Sonata, Op. 28 241
Index 247
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