Pleasure and Meaning in the Classical Symphony [NOOK Book]

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Classical music permeates modern life whether in the grocery store, on public radio, on hold on the telephone, or in traditional orchestral settings. In her provocative and groundbreaking study, Melanie Lowe explores why the public instrumental music of late-18th-century Europe has remained accessible, entertaining, and distinctly pleasurable to such a variety of listeners for nearly 250 years.

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Overview

Classical music permeates modern life whether in the grocery store, on public radio, on hold on the telephone, or in traditional orchestral settings. In her provocative and groundbreaking study, Melanie Lowe explores why the public instrumental music of late-18th-century Europe has remained accessible, entertaining, and distinctly pleasurable to such a variety of listeners for nearly 250 years.

Pleasure and Meaning in the Classical Symphony is the first work of its kind to examine how concert-going listeners of the late 18th century might have responded to this "new" repertoire, and in what ways it was intelligible to audiences from different eras, cultures, and social settings. More broadly, she also considers the effect of western European art music on today's listeners and its meaning in contemporary American culture.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
The book offers a reasoned answer to the question of musical meaning. Summing Up: Recommended.
Choice

"... Combining close analysis of a group of Haydn's late symphonies with occasional reference to those of Mozart and imagining Haydn's contemporaries hearing the symphonies for the first (probably only) time, Lowe shows how the gestures, structure, thematic choices, and instrumentation of Haydn's work could lead to signification in the minds of his listeners.... The book offers a reasoned answer to the question of musical meaning. Not everyone will accept Lowe's conclusions, but no one can claim she does not present them clearly and forcefully.... Recommended." —Choice

Eighteenth-Century Studies

"The ingenious execution of the book offers deep insights into the musical vocabulary of the late eighteenth century... [A] stimulating study." —Eighteenth-Century Studies

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"The ingenious execution of the book offers deep insights into the musical vocabulary of the late eighteenth century... [A] stimulating study." —Eighteenth-Century Studies
Choice

"... Combining close analysis of a group of Haydn's late symphonies with occasional reference to those of Mozart and imagining Haydn's contemporaries hearing the symphonies for the first (probably only) time, Lowe shows how the gestures, structure, thematic choices, and instrumentation of Haydn's work could lead to signification in the minds of his listeners.... The book offers a reasoned answer to the question of musical meaning. Not everyone will accept Lowe's conclusions, but no one can claim she does not present them clearly and forcefully.... Recommended." —Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253000064
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2007
  • Series: Musical Meaning and Interpretation
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Melanie Lowe is Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.
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Table of Contents

<FMO>Contents<>
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. On Meanings of Musical Meaning
2. The Immediacy of Structural Understanding
3. Enlightening the Listening Subject
4. Entertaining Pleasure
5. Pleasure and Meaning in Haydn's Symphony in D Major, No. 93
6. Old Entertainments, New Pleasures: Meanings of Late-Eighteenth-Century Public Instrumental Music in Contemporary American Culture

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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