Beethoven's symphonies arranged for the chamber : sociability, reception, and canon formation /

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom, p.xvii, 258 pages : (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst01140894, 19th century, fast, History and criticism., Symphonies (Chamber orchestra), Arranged, Symphonies (Chamber orchestra), Arranged.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-250) and index.'A fruitful age of arrangements' -- Arrangers and authority -- Selling arrangements, constructing the canon -- Beethoven and Steiner's plan -- Musical arrangements and musical works -- 'Completely absorbed by the piano.Early nineteenth-century composers, publishers and writers evolved influential ideals of Beethoven's symphonies as untouchable masterpieces. Meanwhile, many and various arrangements of symphonies, principally for amateur performers, supported diverse and 'hands-on' cultivation of the same works. Now mostly forgotten, these arrangements served a vital function in nineteenth-century musical life, extending works' meanings and reach, especially to women in the home. This book places domestic music-making back into the history of the classical symphony. It investigates a largely untapped wealth of early nineteenth-century arrangements of symphonies by Beethoven - for piano, string quartet, mixed quintet and other ensembles. The study focuses on three key agents in the nineteenth-century culture of musical arrangement: arrangers, publishers and performers. It investigates significant functions of those musical arrangements in the era: sociability, reception and canon formation. The volume also explores how conceptions of Beethoven's symphonies, and their arrangement, changed across the era with changing conception of musical works.