First Nights: Five Musical Premieres

First Nights: Five Musical Premieres

by Thomas Forrest Kelly, Yale University Press
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300077742

ISBN-13: 9780300077742

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

First Nights encourages music lovers to listen to five key masterworks of the Western classical tradition with fresh ears, as if they were attending the premiers themselves. In clear, lively, and engaging prose, Kelly sets the scene for each of these "first nights," discussing the city, the concert hall, the audience, the composer, the musicians, the instruments, the

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First Nights encourages music lovers to listen to five key masterworks of the Western classical tradition with fresh ears, as if they were attending the premiers themselves. In clear, lively, and engaging prose, Kelly sets the scene for each of these "first nights," discussing the city, the concert hall, the audience, the composer, the musicians, the instruments, the performance, and the popular and critical response. Extracts from contemporary letters, press reports, account books, and other sources accompany the text in sidebars, along with well-chosen illustrations. These and other documents are quoted in full in separate documentary sections, together with guides to further listening and reading. This book is first and foremost a general-interest book, for people who enjoy going to concerts and listening to recordings, although they may have no formal musical training.

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

Prefaceix
Introductionxi
1 Claudio Monteverdi, Orfeo: Saturday, February 24, 1607 Documents
2 George Frideric Handel, Messiah: Tuesday, April 13, 1742, 12 Noon Documents
3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Ninth Symphony: Friday, May 7, 1824, 7:00 P.M Documents
4. Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique: Sunday, December 5, 1830, 2 P.M Documents
5. Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre du printemps: Thursday, May 29, 1913, 8:45 P.M Documents
Conclusion335
Recommended Recordings, by Jen-yen Chen341
Further Reading349
Notes361
Photo Credits373
Index375

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