Fortepianos and their Music: Germany, Austria, and England, 1760-1800

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Eighteenth-century pianos shaped and influenced the music that was written for them. Although organological studies probe in ever more detail, and musical criticism focuses increasingly on the musical repertoire, the relationship between the two has not been properly examined. This book concentrates on the keyboard writing of the last third of the eighteenth century, as inspired by the fundamentally different constructions of the German/Viennese and the English pianoforte. The highly articulated language of ...
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Overview

Eighteenth-century pianos shaped and influenced the music that was written for them. Although organological studies probe in ever more detail, and musical criticism focuses increasingly on the musical repertoire, the relationship between the two has not been properly examined. This book concentrates on the keyboard writing of the last third of the eighteenth century, as inspired by the fundamentally different constructions of the German/Viennese and the English pianoforte. The highly articulated language of Mozart and his Viennese contemporaries, and the more robust, pre-romantic style of Dussek and his London colleagues reflect the very characteristics of these respective instruments. Beyond the scrutiny of the music, attention is given also to the players. The differentiation between professionals and amateurs is addressed, and contemporary sources help provide a description of late eighteenth-century performing styles; such a survey offers new insight into the living art of the pianoforte during the first important period in its history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198164265
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford Monographs on Music Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note xii
Abbreviations xiii
Part 1 The Instruments 1
1. Squares and Grands 3
2. Keyboard and Compass 17
3. Aesthetics of Sound 24
Part 2 The Music 31
4. Clavier Instruments and Textures 33
5. Vienna and London, 1780-1800 53
6. Joseph Haydn 69
7. Sonatas: Accompanied and Unaccompanied 84
8. Questions of Interaction and Dissemination 99
Part 3 The Players 107
9. Kenner and Liebhaber 109
10. Piano Tutors and Treatises 122
11. Aesthetics of Performance 133
References 148
Index of Names 155
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