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Hugo Riemann (1849-1919) is generally acknowledged as the most important musicologist of his age. By analyzing his musical thought within the turn-of-the-century context of interest in the natural sciences, German nationhood and modern technology, this book reconstructs how Riemann's ideas not only "made sense" but advanced a belief of the tonal tradition as both natural and German. Riemann influenced the ideas of generations of music scholars because his work coincided with the institutionalization of academic musicology around the turn of the last century.Read more
- Was the first English-language book on Riemann
- Bridges music history and music theory
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"This book would be equally profitable to music theorists interested in Riemann's theory and music historians studying turn-of-the-century musical culture, for it sets up a brilliant exemplary case showing how we ought to understand past music theory." Current Musicology
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- Date Published: June 2003
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521820738
- length: 230 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- contains: 47 music examples
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Riemann's moonshine experiment
2. The responsibilities of nineteenth-century music theory
3. Riemann's musical logic and the 'as if'
4. Musical syntax, nationhood and universality
5. Beethoven's deafness and tone imaginations
Glossary: Riemann's key terms as explained in the Musik-Lexikon (5th edn, 1900).
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