Palestrina and the German Romantic Imagination: Interpreting Historicism in Nineteenth-Century Music / Edition 1

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James Garratt explores the revival of sixteenth-century music in nineteenth-century Germany, focusing on the reception of Palestrina by critics, historians, performers and composers. He demonstrates that the Palestrina revival was just as significant for nineteenth-century culture as parallel movements in the other arts. This study is of relevance to scholars, students and devotees of nineteenth-century music, as well as those with interests in nineteenth-century culture, art, architecture, literature and aesthetics, the history of church music and the early music revival.

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"...outstanding in both its breadth and depth. Garratt demonstrates an impressive command of not only the history of music and its institutions, but also of German Romantic literature and philosophy. He expresses his ideas with clarity and sophistication. ...a welcome addition to the collection of academic music libraries." Notes

"Through systematic investigation, thorough examination, and lucid presentation, Garratt contributes a much-needed reevalution of a corpus of music historiography that long deserved attention." German Studies Review

Substantially reworking his Ph.D. dissertation for the University of Wales in Cardiff, Garratt (music, National U. of Ireland-Maynooth) focuses on the reception of Renaissance church music in 19th-century Germany, particularly the works of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-94). He explains how and why the works of a 16th-century composer came to be viewed as the paradigm of church music, and assesses and interprets the relationship between his style and contemporary composition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521807371
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Musical Performance and Reception Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Lexile: 1770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

James Garratt is a lecturer in music at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, specialising in nineteenth-century German music, aesthetics and culture. He is also active as a choral conductor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Historicism in nineteenth-century art, aesthetics and culture; 2. Romanticism and the problem of church music; 3. The Protestant Palestrina revival; 4. The Catholic Palestrina Revival; 5. Palestrina in the concert hall; 6. Interpreting the secondary discourse of nineteenth-century music; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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