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The Cambridge companion to Haydn

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Clark, Caryl Leslie, 1953-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
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Online Access: Online version
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Cambridge has released some 20 companions to composers (though not yet Robert Schumann, Gustav Mahler, or Richard Strauss). The present volume includes 17 essays by 16 authors, 4 of whom have published books on Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). A chronology at the beginning includes almost every year of the composer's adult life, beginning with the 1760s, and continues with significant Haydn publications and performances up to 1993. Clark presents the essays in four sections: "Haydn in Context" (which includes a summary of Haydn's life by Clark), "Stylistic and Interpretive Contexts," "Genres," and "Performance and Reception." The contributors (Clark among them) discuss both well-known works and those that have received less attention: for example, symphony no. 78 is discussed along with nos. 82-87, the better-known Paris Symphonies. Coverage of genres is balanced, with chapters on symphonies and concertos, quartets, keyboard sonatas and trios, saved music, oratories, songs, and operas. The book concludes with endnotes and extensive bibliographic references. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. R. Smith Rhode Island College

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