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Romantic Music: A History of Musical Style in Nineteenth-Century Europe

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Beginning with Beethoven's middle years, the author weaves a narrative in which major composers such as Schubert, Rossini, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Musorgsky are discussed in historical context. Professor Plantinga also places into clear focus slightly lesser figures such as Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak, and others. In a final secti Beginning with Beethoven's middle years, the author weaves a narrative in which major composers such as Schubert, Rossini, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Musorgsky are discussed in historical context. Professor Plantinga also places into clear focus slightly lesser figures such as Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak, and others. In a final section that embraces Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner, Strauss, and Wolf, Plantinga rounds out this fascinating survey of the diverging movements and styles that constitute the Romantic century's legacy to the musical arts.


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Beginning with Beethoven's middle years, the author weaves a narrative in which major composers such as Schubert, Rossini, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Musorgsky are discussed in historical context. Professor Plantinga also places into clear focus slightly lesser figures such as Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak, and others. In a final secti Beginning with Beethoven's middle years, the author weaves a narrative in which major composers such as Schubert, Rossini, Liszt, Chopin, Berlioz, Schumann, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Musorgsky are discussed in historical context. Professor Plantinga also places into clear focus slightly lesser figures such as Mendelssohn, Smetana, Dvorak, and others. In a final section that embraces Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner, Strauss, and Wolf, Plantinga rounds out this fascinating survey of the diverging movements and styles that constitute the Romantic century's legacy to the musical arts.

30 review for Romantic Music: A History of Musical Style in Nineteenth-Century Europe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Fasching-Gray

    I plunged into this because of false advertising. On the bottom of the cover it claims to be "a Norton introduction to music history," and on the back is a blurb blahblahing about presenting music to the non-specialist. I didn't understand most of what was written about the actual music, lots of sentences, diagrams and even sheet music to demonstrate how a diminished 7th appears to be the dominant but then resolves into the tonic... say what? I did sort of get the gist of that kind of thing thou I plunged into this because of false advertising. On the bottom of the cover it claims to be "a Norton introduction to music history," and on the back is a blurb blahblahing about presenting music to the non-specialist. I didn't understand most of what was written about the actual music, lots of sentences, diagrams and even sheet music to demonstrate how a diminished 7th appears to be the dominant but then resolves into the tonic... say what? I did sort of get the gist of that kind of thing though, maybe, sometimes, on some kind of level. I also enjoyed the history and biographical bits, which helped to put this stuff in some kind of context. Also, the subtitle of the book is more accurate than the title. Plenty of musicians or compositions that are not "Romantic" are described here. And maybe the next time some Viennese starts talking at me about Bruckner or Hugo Wolf, I'll have the faintest idea of what they are on about. This book is probably awesome if you do know how to play piano, sight read sheet music, and have a semester of music theory under your belt.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gijs Grob

    Een overzicht en geschiedenis van klassieke muziek in de negentiende eeuw van Beethoven tot de eerste werken van Mahler. Met hier en daar aardige historische achtergronden en veel gedetailleerde analyses van stukken. Helaas ook erg onevenwichtig (24 pagina's Brahms vs. 6 summiere voor Bruckner), incompleet (Délibes wordt niet eens vermeld) en soms wat zeurderig (van vele componisten wordt het niet-vernieuwende benadrukt). Een overzicht en geschiedenis van klassieke muziek in de negentiende eeuw van Beethoven tot de eerste werken van Mahler. Met hier en daar aardige historische achtergronden en veel gedetailleerde analyses van stukken. Helaas ook erg onevenwichtig (24 pagina's Brahms vs. 6 summiere voor Bruckner), incompleet (Délibes wordt niet eens vermeld) en soms wat zeurderig (van vele componisten wordt het niet-vernieuwende benadrukt).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Excerpts of music exemplifying concepts discussed in accompanying text.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Clearly written introductory and comprehensive guide to music from romantic era.

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