Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony

Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony

by John Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198166532

ISBN-13: 9780198166535

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is the first book-length study of the composition, reception, extramusical implications, and stylistic eclecticism of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, a staple of the nineteenth-century musical canon. Cooper devotes extensive attention to the differences between the posthumously published familiar version of the work and the composer's revision, which remained

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This is the first book-length study of the composition, reception, extramusical implications, and stylistic eclecticism of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, a staple of the nineteenth-century musical canon. Cooper devotes extensive attention to the differences between the posthumously published familiar version of the work and the composer's revision, which remained unpublished until 2001. He presents substantial new insights into a work which many listeners and scholars have known only in the version the composer considered less successful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198166535
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Series:
Studies In Musical Genesis, Structure, and Interpretation Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Diagrams
List of Figures
List of Musical Examples
Abbreviations
1Compositional Context and Critical Reception1
2Composition, Revision, and Early Performances23
3The Musical Sources46
4The Music and its Revisions101
5An 'Italian' Symphony?155
6Knowing Mendelssohn192
App. AReview by G. A. Macfarren of the First Edition of the Arrangement of the A Major Symphony for Piano Duet (1852)213
App. BGoethe, 'Lilis Park' (complete text and translation)223
Index227

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