The Viennese Minor-Key Symphony in the Age of Haydn and by Matthew Riley

By Matthew Riley

In past due eighteenth-century Vienna and the encompassing Habsburg territories, over 50 minor-key symphonies via at the very least eleven composers have been written. those comprise many of the best-known works of the symphonic repertoire, resembling Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony and Mozart's Symphony No. forty in G minor, ok. 550. The using power, excessive pathos and restlessness of those compositions call for shut cognizance and participation from the listener, and pose pressing questions about that means and interpretation.

In reaction to those questions, The Viennese Minor-Key Symphony within the Age of Haydn and Mozart combines historic views with fresh advancements in song research to shed new gentle in this precise a part of the repertoire. via an intertextual, analytical procedure, writer Matthew Riley treats the minor-key symphony as a subgenre of numerous strands, reconstructing the compositional international it occupied. His paintings permits signs to be understood, places attribute innovations in transparent reduction, and finally finds the importance this song held for either composers and listeners of the time. Riley supplies us a clean photograph of the wide-spread masterpieces of Haydn and Mozart, whereas additionally concentrating on lesser identified composers.

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