The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet

The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet

by Robin Stowell
     
 

ISBN-10: 052180194X

ISBN-13: 9780521801942

Pub. Date: 12/08/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This survey of the string quartet by ten chamber music specialists focuses on four main areas: social and musical background to the genre's development; celebrated ensembles and their significance; and string quartet playing. It reviews aspects of contemporary and historical practice, including "mixed ensembles." Informative appendixes and a full chronology of

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This survey of the string quartet by ten chamber music specialists focuses on four main areas: social and musical background to the genre's development; celebrated ensembles and their significance; and string quartet playing. It reviews aspects of contemporary and historical practice, including "mixed ensembles." Informative appendixes and a full chronology of the mainstream repertory complete this compact guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521801942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/08/2003
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Music Series
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on pitch
Pt. ISocial changes and organological developments
1The string quartet and society3
2Developments in instruments, bows and accessories19
Pt. IICelebrated ensembles
3From chamber to concert hall41
4The concert explosion and the age of recording60
Pt. IIIPlaying string quartets
5Playing quartets: a view from the inside97
6Historical awareness in quartet performance127
7Extending the technical and expressive frontiers149
Pt. IVThe string quartet repertory
8The origins of the quartet177
9Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries185
10Beethoven and the Viennese legacy210
11The Austro-Germanic quartet tradition in the nineteenth century228
12Traditional and progressive nineteenth-century trends: France, Italy, Great Britain and America250
13Nineteenth-century national traditions and the string quartet266
14The string quartet in the twentieth century288
15The string quartet as a foundation for larger ensembles310
Notes328
Select bibliography348
Index355

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