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The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music

The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music

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The eighteenth century arguably boasts a more remarkable group of significant musical figures, and a more engaging combination of genres, styles and aesthetic orientations than any century before or since, yet huge swathes of its musical activity remain under-appreciated. This History provides a comprehensive survey of eighteenth-century music, examining little-known repertories, works and musical trends alongside more familiar ones. Rather than relying on temporal, periodic and composer-related phenomena to structure the volume, it is organized by genre; chapters are grouped according to the traditional distinctions of music for the church, music for the theatre and music for the concert room that conditioned so much thinking, activity and output in the eighteenth century. A valuable summation of current research in this area, the volume also encourages the readers to think of eighteenth-century music less in terms of overtly teleological developments than of interacting and mutually stimulating musical cultures and practices.

Author: Simon P. Keefe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 10/01/2009
Pages: 818
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 3.05lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.10w x 1.70d
ISBN: 9780521663199

Review Citation(s):
Choice 08/01/2010

About the Author
Keefe, Simon P.: - Simon P. Keefe is James Rossiter Hoyle Chair and Head of Music at the University of Sheffield.

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