Orchestral masterpieces under the microscope

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Boydell Press,, Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (xx, 714 pages) (2023)

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Analysis, appreciation., History and criticism., Orchestral music


Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed April 14, 2023).Includes bibliographical references and index.Preface -- Editorial conventions -- Bartók Piano concerto no.1 -- Bartók Violin concerto no.2 -- Bartók Dance suite -- Beethoven Symphonies : some supplementary remarks -- Beethoven Overture Leonore no.2 -- Beethoven Overture Leonore no.3 -- Beethoven Overture King Stephen -- Berlioz Symphonie fantastique -- Berlioz Harold in Italy -- Berlioz Overtures -- Bloch Schelomo : Hebraic rhapsody for cello and orchestra -- Brahms Four symphonies -- Brahms Piano concerto no.1 -- Brahms Violin concerto -- Brahms Hungarian dances : a brief guide -- Bruch Violin concerto no.1 -- Busoni Piano concerto -- Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune -- Dvořák Scherzo capriccioso -- Dvořák Symphonic variations -- Dvořák Romance for violin and orchestra -- Dvořák Serenade for strings -- Elgar Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') -- Elgar Concert-overture Froissart -- Elgar Concert-overture Cockaigne -- Elgar Concert-overture in the south (Alassio) -- Elgar Sea pictures -- Elgar Serenade for strings -- Fauré Fantaisie for flute -- Franck Symphony -- Haydn Symphonies with high horns -- Haydn Symphony no.100 ('military') -- Haydn Symphony no.104 ('London') -- Liszt Piano concerto no.1 -- Liszt Piano concerto no.2 -- Mahler Symphony no.2 -- Martino Rhapsody-concerto for viola and orchestra -- Mendelssohn Symphony no.3 ('Scottish') -- Mendelssohn Symphony no.4 ('Italian') -- Mendelssohn Violin concerto -- Mendelssohn Overture the Hebrides ('Fingal's cave') -- Mozart Piano concertos -- Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel Pictures from an exhibition -- Nielsen Sinfonia espansiva (Symphony no.3) -- Prokofiev Classical symphony -- Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf -- Rachmaninov Symphony no.2 -- Rachmaninov Piano concerto no.2 -- Ravel Piano concerto -- Ravel La valse -- Ravel Le tombeau de couperin -- Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte -- Respighi Fontane di Roma -- Rimsky-Korsakov Symphonic suite : Scheherazade -- Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol -- Rossini Overture William Tell -- Saint-Saëns Symphony no.3 -- Saint-Saëns Cello concerto no.1 -- Schubert Overture Die Zauberharfe ('Rosamunde') -- Schumann Symphony no.4 -- Schumann Overture, scherzo and finale -- Schumann Cello concerto -- Schumann Overture Genoveva -- Shostakovich Cello concerto no.1 -- Sibelius Symphony no.2 -- Sibelius Symphony no.3 -- Sibelius Symphony no.4 -- Sibelius Symphony no.5 -- Sibelius Symphony no.6 -- Sibelius Symphony no.7 -- Sibelius Violin concerto -- Sibelius Tapiola -- Smetana Má vlast: 2. Vltava -- Smetana Má vlast: 3. Šárka -- Strauss Ein Heldenleben -- Strauss Horn concerto no.1 -- Strauss Oboe concerto -- Strauss Metamorphosen -- Tchaikovsky Symphony no.2 -- Tchaikovsky Symphony no.3 -- Tchaikovsky Symphony no.4 -- Tchaikovsky Symphony no.5 -- Tchaikovsky Symphony no.6 -- Tchaikovsky Piano concerto no.1 -- Tchaikovsky Violin concerto -- Tchaikovsky Fantasy-overture after Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet -- Tippett Symphony no.2 -- Vaughan Williams A London symphony (Symphony no.2) -- Vaughan Williams Pastoral symphony (Symphony no.3) -- Vaughan Williams Tuba concerto -- Wagner Prelude Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg -- Walton Cello concerto -- Weber Overture Der Beherrscher der Geister -- Weber Overture Der Freischütz -- Weber Overture Oberon."A must-have for any conductor, conducting student and orchestral librarian.How does a conductor know whether the score they use is what the composer wrote? How do orchestral players know that their parts are reliable and reflect the latest scholarship? As Jonathan Del Mar reminds us in this ground-breaking book, editions of the orchestral repertoire are beset by textual problems: simple misprints, mistakes in the score or player's part, or hopelessly outdated scores at odds with current scholarship. Driven by a fundamental respect for what the composer actually wrote, Jonathan Del Mar addresses these problems through textual reports on over 100 orchestral masterpieces of classical music. Each report is introduced with essential guidance and succinct commentary on the first performance and publication of the work. Critical editions are compared with commonly used editions, and in those cases where no Urtext Edition exists, this much-needed reference work functions as a replacement for an Urtext Edition. Orchestral Masterpieces under the Microscope will be an indispensable reference tool for all who care about performances honouring the correct text that composers have left us. It serves as an essential survival guide for conductors and musicians to make informed choices, and it offers much-needed clarity on the latest scholarship for musicologists and music librarians alike"--