Brahms in context

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Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press,, United Kingdom ; United States , p.xxvii, 407 pages : (2019)

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19th century, History and criticism., Music


Formerly CIP.Includes bibliographical references and index.Childhood in Hamburg / Renate and Kurt Hofmann -- The Schumanns / Thomas Synofzik -- Vienna / Camille Crittenden -- Leipzig and Berlin / Karen Leistra-Jones -- Personal habits / William Horne -- Correspondence / Wolfgang Sandberger -- Holidays / Inga-Mai Groote -- Finances / Jakob Hauschildt -- As pianist / Katrin Eich -- As conductor / Walter Frisch -- As arranger / Valerie Goertzen -- As editor / Peter Schmitz -- As teacher / Johannes Behr -- Private music-making / Katy Hamilton -- Concert life / Laurenz Lutteken -- Genre / Matthew Gelbart -- Folk music / George Bozarth -- Early music / Virginia Hancock -- Singers / Natasha Loges -- Conductors / Leon Botstein -- Pianists / Michael Musgrave -- Other instrumentalists / Heather Platt -- Instruments / Anneke Scott -- Publishers / Peter Schmitz -- Copyright / Friedemann Kawohl -- Politics and religion / David Brodbeck -- Literature / Natasha Loges -- Philosophy / Nicole Grimes -- Visual arts / William Vaughan and Natasha Loges -- Science and technology / Myles Jackson and Katy Hamilton -- Germany / Johannes Behr -- England / Katy Hamilton -- Analysis / Heather Platt -- The era of national socialism / Ulrike Petersen -- Editing Brahms / Michael Struck -- Recordings / Ivan Hewett -- Historical performance / Michael Musgrave -- Inspiration / Markus Boggemann -- Mythmaking / Natasha Loges and Katy Hamilton.Brahms in Context' offers a fresh perspective on the much-admired nineteenth-century German composer. Including thirty-nine chapters on historical, social and cultural contexts, the book brings together internationally renowned experts in music, law, science, art history and other areas, including many figures whose work is appearing in English for the first time. The essays are accessibly written, with short reading lists aimed at music students and educators. The book opens with personal topics including Brahms's Hamburg childhood, his move to Vienna, and his rich social life. It considers professional matters from finance to publishing and copyright; the musicians who shaped and transmitted his works; and the larger musical styles which influenced him. Casting the net wider, other essays embrace politics, religion, literature, philosophy, art, and science. The book closes with chapters on reception, including recordings, historical performance, his compositional legacy, and a reflection on the power of composer myths.