The Free Fantasia and the Musical Picturesque

The Free Fantasia and the Musical Picturesque

by Annette Richards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521640776

ISBN-13: 9780521640770

Pub. Date: 02/01/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book brings together music and visual arts, especially the art of landscape gardening, in the context of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century English and German culture. The aesthetic of the picturesque, derived from the controlled wilderness of the landscape garden, provided writers on music with a language in which to describe the musical genre of

Overview

This book brings together music and visual arts, especially the art of landscape gardening, in the context of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century English and German culture. The aesthetic of the picturesque, derived from the controlled wilderness of the landscape garden, provided writers on music with a language in which to describe the musical genre of the free fantasia, and the picturesque emerges here as a vital means for understanding the fantastical elements in the music of C. P. E. Bach, Haydn, and Beethoven.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521640770
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Series:
New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism Series, #6
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgements; 1. Framing the musical picturesque; 2. C. P. E. Bach and the landscapes of genius; 3. The picturesque sketch and the interpretation of instrumental music; 4. Haydn's humour, Bach's fantasy; 5. Sentiment undone: solitude and the clavichord cult; 6. Picturesque Beethoven and the veiled Isis; Select bibliography; Index.

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