A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries: Second Edition / Edition 2

A History of Key Characteristics in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries: Second Edition / Edition 2

by Rita Steblin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1580460410

ISBN-13: 9781580460415

Pub. Date: 11/26/2005

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

This is a revised second edition of Dr. Steblin's important work on key characteristics, first published in 1983 by UMI Research Press and re-issued by the University of Rochester Press in 1996. The revision has been limited to a thorough correction and update of the material in the first edition, so as to not disrupt the content and organization, for which the book…  See more details below

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This is a revised second edition of Dr. Steblin's important work on key characteristics, first published in 1983 by UMI Research Press and re-issued by the University of Rochester Press in 1996. The revision has been limited to a thorough correction and update of the material in the first edition, so as to not disrupt the content and organization, for which the book has been praised as a significant and noteworthy reference for both scholars and research students alike. The book discusses the extra-musical meanings associated with various musical keys by ancient Greek and medieval-renaissance theorists and in particular composers and writers on music in the Baroque, Classical, and early Romantic periods. Chapters focus on Mattheson's extensive key descriptions from 1713, the Rameau-Rousseau and Marpurg-Kirnberger controversies regarding unequal versus equal temperaments, and C.F.D. Schubart's influential list based on the sharp-flat (bright-dark) principle of key-distinctions. Rita Katherine Steblin is a world-renowned music scholar, living and working in Vienna.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580460415
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
11/26/2005
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
0.94(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Examples
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
1The Ancient Greeks and the Doctrine of Ethos13
2The Medieval-Renaissance Modes and Their Affects18
3The Transition from Modality to Tonality: Early French Key Characteristics29
4Johann Mattheson and the Early Eighteenth-Century German Approach to Key Characteristics40
5Rameau and Rousseau: Equal Temperament versus Unequal Temperament54
6Marpurg versus Kirnberger: The Tuning Controversy in Germany73
7Psychological Factors: The Sharp-Flat Principle96
8Physical Factors: The Properties of Instruments129
9Tradition and Key Characteristics in the Early Nineteenth Century146
Conclusion187
Notes193
App. ACatalogue of Characteristics Imputed to Keys225
App. BOriginal Language of Lengthy Key Descriptions: Mattheson, J. J. Wagner, Schrader, Schilling, Hand299
App. COriginal Language of Translated Excerpts335
Bibliography373
Selected Recent Contributions390
Index of Names395
Index of Subjects401

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