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

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Focusing on the reception of Palestrina, this bold interdisciplinary study explains how and why the works of a sixteenth-century composer came to be viewed as a paradigm for modern church music. It explores the diverse ways in which later composers responded to his works and style, and expounds a provocative new model for interpreting compositional historicism. In addition to presenting insights into the works of Bruckner, Mendelssohn and Liszt, the book offers new perspectives on the institutional, aesthetic and ideological frameworks sustaining the cultivation of choral music in this period. This is the first modern publication to provide an overview and analysis of the relation between the Palestrina revival and nineteenth-century composition, and it demonstrates that the Palestrina revival was just as significant for nineteenth-century culture as parallel movements in the other arts, such as the Gothic revival.
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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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"...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

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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

List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Historicism in nineteenth-century art, aesthetics and culture 9
2 Romanticism and the problem of church music 36
3 The Protestant Palestrina revival 62
4 The Catholic Palestrina revival 133
5 Palestrina in the concert hall 214
6 Interpreting the secondary discourse of nineteenth-century music 241
Notes 261
Bibliography 296
Index 311
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