First Nights: Five Musical Premieres

First Nights: Five Musical Premieres

by Thomas Forrest Kelly, Yale University Press
     
 

This book takes us back to the first performances of five famous musical compositions: Monteverdi's Orfeo in 1607, Handel's Messiah in 1742, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1824, Berlioz's Symphonic faulaslique in 1830, and Stravinsky's Sacre du printemps in 1913. Thomas Forrest Kelly sets the scene for each of these premieres, describing the cities in which they… See more details below

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This book takes us back to the first performances of five famous musical compositions: Monteverdi's Orfeo in 1607, Handel's Messiah in 1742, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1824, Berlioz's Symphonic faulaslique in 1830, and Stravinsky's Sacre du printemps in 1913. Thomas Forrest Kelly sets the scene for each of these premieres, describing the cities in which they took place, the concert halls, audiences, conductors, and musicians, the sound of the music when it was first performed (often on instruments now extinct), and the popular and critical responses. He explores how performance styles and conditions have changed over the centuries and what music can reveal about the societies that produce it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300077742
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.29(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1Claudio Monteverdi, Orfeo: Saturday, February 24, 1607 Documents2
2George Frideric Handel, Messiah: Tuesday, April 13, 1742, 12 Noon Documents60
3Ludwig van Beethoven Ninth Symphony: Friday, May 7, 1824, 7:00 P.M. Documents108
4Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique: Sunday, December 5, 1830, 2 P.M. Documents180
5Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps: Thursday, May 29, 1913, 8:45 P.M. Documents256
Conclusion335
Recommended Recordings341
Further Reading349
Notes361
Photo Credits373
Index375

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